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Council chairman Stephen Woodhead said today the council was continuing to work through the process of selecting and appointing a chief executive to serve from the end of Mr Bodeker's five-year contract, but had reached the conclusion 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," Mr Woodhead said.
Mr Bodeker said he was "extremely proud" of the contribution he had made.
"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,” he said.
"I would like to thank my directors and staff for their work and efforts under my leadership,” Mr Bodeker said.