City Mourns former CEO Rhonda Hardy

14 March 2024 11:27 AM

The City of Kalamunda mourns the passing of former Chief Executive Officer, Rhonda Hardy, on Monday 11 March. Rhonda leaves behind a legacy of remarkable leadership and dedication to the community.

Rhonda Hardy | Credit: Sarah Griffiths

Her tenure as CEO, spanning from July 2013 to September 2023, was characterised by her unwavering commitment to the City's growth and prosperity. 

She spearheaded numerous initiatives that significantly contributed to the growth and development of the region. Her leadership was instrumental in restoring the City’s financial health, navigating through local government reform, and facilitating major land development projects, including the Forrestfield train station precinct.

Mayor Margaret Thomas expressed her condolences, saying, "Rhonda was an exceptional leader whose impact on the City will be deeply felt for years to come. Her dedication, vision, and tireless efforts have left an indelible mark on our community."

Rhonda's journey to becoming CEO was marked by resilience and dedication. Prior to joining the City, she held significant positions at institutions such as the Lady Gowrie Child Centre, the WA Institute of Sport, and Edith Cowan University. She also served in various capacities within local governments, including the City of Joondalup and the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council.

Rhonda's professional achievements were widely recognised, with accolades such as being a finalist in the 2017 Telstra Women’s Business Awards and receiving the Meritorious Award for her service to Local Government by Local Government Professionals WA in 2018.

"Rhonda's dedication to public service and her outstanding leadership have left an enduring impact on our City,” said Cr Thomas. “Her passion for surfing, travelling, gardening and exploring leadership and human motivation in the workplace endeared her to many. She will be sorely missed.”

The City extends its deepest sympathies and condolences to Rhonda's family and loved ones during this difficult time.

Image credit: Sarah Griffiths
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