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Two senior Waitaki District Council managers have resigned to pursue careers in the private sector.
Assets group manager Dean Sulzberger has accepted a job offer in the Middle East, and property and parks manager Marcus Brown is joining Oamaru construction company De Geest.
Both joined the council about four years ago, Mr Sulzberger as water utilities manager and Mr Brown, who had emigrated from the United Kingdom, as property manager.
Two years ago, Mr Sulzberger was appointed assets group manager, and one of the high points in his career was the commissioning and implementation of the $12 million upgrade of Oamaru's water supply.
He was also instrumental in getting protection work on the Oamaru Harbour breakwater under way.
Mr Sulzberger said he had enjoyed the challenges and the diversity of projects that a medium-sized organisation such as the Waitaki council had afforded him.
‘‘That is not often the case with a larger organisation. The work had been rewarding,'' he said.
Mr Brown also had enjoyed his time with the council and was now looking forward to new challenges in the private sector.
Some major projects he has been involved in have included the $9.7 million redevelopment of the Opera House in Oamaru, the oversight of the development of the council's Forrester Heights residential subdivision on Cape Wanbrow, and the replacement of public toilets in the district.
Mr Sulzberger and Mr Brown's resignations take effect on February 18 and 29 respectively. Both positions will be advertised.
Interim arrangements will be put in place pending the appointment of successors.