Deb Mudra will guide Wodonga Council through two contentious matters in the short-term of her stint as acting chief executive.
Ms Mudra, who has worked for council since 1996 in a variety of positions, was appointed to the top job until June 30 next year at a special council meeting on Monday.
Her present role is deputy chief executive and director of city growth, engagement and people.
Ms Mudra also had a stint as acting chief executive when Patience Harrington resigned in late 2018.
Chief executive Mark Dixon departs council at the end of this week after the former Wodonga TAFE boss spent three years with the council.
Details of his new position overseas could also be publicly released this week.
Wodonga mayor Kevin Poulton paid tribute to Mr Dixon at Monday's meeting.
"I know you've had great respect and support from the entire organisation during your time as CEO," Cr Poulton said.
"I do know when I've spoken to staff, and seen them interact with you as well, they speak very highly of you."
Mr Dixon said in response: "Working in local government is an absolute privilege and an absolute honour.
"The three years have gone remarkably quickly, but nevertheless if you look back at what we've achieved as a council over that three years it has been fairly substantial and significant.
"I think I leave the council staff that I actually manage in very good shape.
"It is a very strong competent team with a clear vision for the future and a clear desire to what's best for our community."
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