City of Wodonga


Senior staff

Our executive team consists of the chief executive officer and three directors.

Patience Harrington - Chief Executive Officer


Patience joined Wodonga Council in 2003 with extensive experience in planning, financial management, service delivery and evaluation.

She has a career-long history of fostering effective partnerships, forming strategic alliances and leading and developing teams.

Patience is responsible for the area of investment attraction, economic development and property management.

A great deal of Patience’s role includes lobbying state and federal government ministers and officers about the important impact Wodonga has on regional Victoria’s growth and how it serves as a service catchment for surrounding centres.


Debra Mudra - director community development

PhD, BEd (ECE), BTeach (ECE), Dip CS.

Debra joined Wodonga Council in 1996, bringing with her extensive experience in the planning, management and delivery of community service and development programs.

Her experience encompasses community planning and policy development, facility development as well as the management of service delivery.

Debra is responsible for a range of council services and functions that support the community, enhance well being and provide opportunities to participate in the life of the city.

These include positive ageing, disability and volunteering events, cultural services, early years, maternal and child health, occasional childcare, and preschools, community safety, recreation, communications, customer focus, people and workplace, library, community centres, Arts Space Wodonga, The Cube Wodonga, Bonegilla Migrant Centre, tourism, marketing, community engagement, Healthy Together Wodonga, youth services, and settlement assistance.


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Narelle Klein - Director business services

BBus (Acc), Chartered Accountant

Narelle commenced at Wodonga Council in 2015 after a career spanning 20 years in the big four chartered accountancy firms and 10 years in corporate finance for the Australian Government.

In addition, she has held positions as a not-for-profit board member and audit and risk committee chair in a small rural health service and as an external member on the Audit Committee for a local government.

Over her career, she has developed a reputation for establishing continual improvement practices and transparent governance and reporting processes. She also has a keen interest in environmental sustainability.

Narelle’s responsibilities include finance, asset planning, information services, plant and fleet, building maintenance, civic services, environmental health, waste services, governance, risk management and occupational health and safety, procurement, customer service and community centres.


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Leon Schultz - director planning and infrastructure

BE (Civil)

Leon was previously manager engineering and parks. He relocated to Australia from his home country of South Africa in September, 2007.

He was initially employed as manager technical services with the Rural City of Wangaratta before taking up his previous role with Wodonga Council in March, 2010.

Leon has a degree in civil engineering and more than 28 years’ experience in local government.

Leon’s responsibilities include building services, statutory and strategic planning, engineering, parks and gardens, roads, infrastructure and natural resources.


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Last updated: 14-08-2018

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