City of Bayswater CEO on way out after council decision not to renew contract

City of Bayswater's outgoing chief executive Francesca Lefante, pictured in 2014 with Cam Sinclair and Michael Sutherland.
City of Bayswater's outgoing chief executive Francesca Lefante, pictured in 2014 with Cam Sinclair and Michael Sutherland.

CITY of Bayswater has let go of chief executive Francesca Lefante after a confidential contract review held this week.

Council advised Ms Lefante it would not renew her contract, which expires in 2017.

City of Bayswater staff were informed this morning.

Ms Lefante, who was previously the director of planning, said she understood the council’s decision.

“Council is looking for a new direction and new stewardship for the organisation, and I understand and accept their decision,” she said.

“I want to acknowledge the magnificent support of councillors and the City’s staff over the last eight years during my time as chief executive officer.

“To use a boxing analogy, the City is an organisation that punches above its weight and I am sure it will continue to do so for years to come.”

Ms Lefante said she had no doubt the City’s success would continue into the future.

She said she would negotiate with council the term relating to her contract and a leaving date.