The CEO of Yarra City Council Dr Andi Diamond has stepped down four months after signing a new five-year contract having been appointed chief executive at Monash City Council.


Dr Diamond, who has worked at Yarra City Council for five years, overseeing around 850 staff, will leave the position on April 6. Dr Diamond has worked at the council for four years, overseeing about 850 staff.


Mayor Geoff Barbour said Dr Diamond’s departure would be a loss for Yarra but he wished her well for the next stage of her career in Local Government.


“I know I speak for all Councillors and staff when I say Yarra City Council will sincerely miss Andi who has been an inspiring and dedicated leader of the organisation,” Cr Barbour said.


“Andi’s passion and commitment to Yarra, coupled with her Local Government expertise, exceptional people skills and understanding of community needs have been invaluable to Yarra.”


Cr Barbour said since joining Yarra in 2008, Dr Diamond had been instrumental in leading many of Yarra’s major achievements including Council’s approach to customer responsiveness, advocacy, investing in community infrastructure, strengthening Council’s financial position and working towards a sustainable community.


Just a few of the major projects under Dr Diamond’s direction have been the redevelopment of Victoria Park and the Collingwood Leisure Centre, and purchasing land to build a new library and community hub in North Fitzroy.