Morrissey retires


Tara Murray

Brimbank council is on the hunt for a new chief executive after Helen Morrissey announced her retirement.

The council announced on Wednesday, that Ms Morrissey would be stepping away from the role that she’s held since 2017, as of July 15.

Ms Morrissey has been at Brimbank council since 2010, firstly as a general manager, then as a corporate and community relations director, before stepping up to the chief executive role.

Ms Morrissey, who has worked in local government for nearly 40 years, said it had been a pleasure to work with Brimbank council

“It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with councillors and the organisation to create stronger connections between council and the community and strengthen community pride,” she said.

“I’m proud of leading a council focused on building community resilience through ongoing urban renewal through a significant capital works program and expanding and improving services despite rate capping and other factors.

“I am particularly proud to see the positive change urban renewal and significant capital works investment brings and we have an evidence-based program of delivery to continue to enhance and green our city to make it look even better year on year.

“Keeping staff employed, and finding unique ways to deliver services to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic was one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences in my career in equal measure.

“It is a really exciting time and I’m sure Brimbank is just going to get better and better.”

Brimbank mayor Ranka Rasic thanked Ms Morrissey for her extensive knowledge, experience and passion she has demonstrated while at Brimbank.

“Helen has shown exceptional leadership and worked extremely well with the council.

“Helen has embedded a community first culture at Brimbank and through her leadership there has been significant service improvements and capital works delivered despite external pressures such as rate capping.

“Helen’s professionalism, empathy and collaborative style has been a huge asset to both the council and community of Brimbank.

“Helen is an exceptional role model for women. We wish Helen the very best as she retires to spend time with her family.”