A monitor has been appointed to probe bullying and workplace safety concerns at the troubled Whittlesea local council.
The state government announcement comes two days after former Victoria Police commissioner Simon Overland was sacked as the council's chief executive.
Yehudi Blacher will review whether the Whittlesea council has been doing the right thing by taxpayers.
"Mr Blacher will help the council make decisions in the best long-term interests of local ratepayers," Local Government Minister Adem Somyurek said in a statement.
Mr Blacher was secretary of the Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development and Deputy Secretary in the Departments of Premier and Cabinet and Human Services.
He was also an interim administrator for Geelong council.
Mr Overland's dumping as chief executive of the council earlier this week came ahead of him giving evidence to the Lawyer X royal commission over the force's use of informants.
He is due to give evidence to the commission on Monday.
The monitor will hold the role until June 30 next year, with an interim report by March 27.
Australian Associated Press