Regional council rejects CEO’s bid for top job
The Otago Regional Council’s chief executive is out of a job after the council decided not to renew his contract.
Otago Regional Council chairman Stephen Woodhead announced on Thursday afternoon the council was working through the process of selecting and appointing a chief executive to serve from the end of Peter Bodeker’s five-year contract. The council had decided the next appointee should come from outside the organisation.
‘‘We thank Peter for his efforts over the last five years. The work he has overseen has positioned ORC and the region well for the future and has provided an excellent platform for his successor. Council looks forward to the continued positive implementation of its strategies over the coming years.’’
Bodeker said he was disappointed his contract was not renewed.
‘‘I’m extremely proud of the contribution I’ve made over the past five years. In particular, I believe I will leave the legacy of a healthy internal staff culture as well as strengthened relationships with the Otago community.
‘‘Obviously, I am disappointed with the decision made by councillors but understand that ultimately they need to find a candidate that they feel will deliver on their vision. I would like to thank my directors and staff for their work and efforts under my leadership.’’
‘‘Obviously, I am disappointed with the decision made by councillors.’’