Who will lead the Otago Regional Council for the next three
years will be decided at the inaugural meeting of the council
It will be the first official meeting for the council's two
newest members, Dunstan representatives Graeme Bell and Gary
Kelliher, who will join the 10 other re-elected councillors
for the term.
Their inaugural meeting will be chaired by chief executive
Peter Bodeker and begin with councillors taking a declaration
under the Local Government Act.
Once sworn in, their first job will be to elect a chairman.
Stephen Woodhead, last term's chairman, has indicated he
would take the job if it was in the best interests of
The deputy chairman would then be elected.
Last term's deputy, David Shepherd, had stated he did not
want the job again and there was speculation Gretchen
Robertson might be keen to take up the role.
Councillors met earlier this week for an informal chat about
roles in the new council.
The structure of the council's committees and who would chair
them would be decided at the council's next meeting on