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BOORT District Health board will meet this week to begin the process of finding a new chief executive officer.

Dr Darren Clarke’s resignation was announced last Friday and health service chair Wendy Gladman said the board would look at options and begin the task of recruiting a replacement.

“We will also be having discussions with the (Health) department at regional level,” Ms Gladman said.

Dr Clarke finishes at Boort next month, relocating back to South Australia for family reasons due to the ongoing uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly around inter-state border closures. He will start a local health network role with SA Health in early October.

Dr Clarke said: “It has been an absolute privilege and pleasure to have been part of the leadership team at Boort District Health since June 2017.

“Together, we have made significant progress across our entire health service and I remain very confident that BDH will continue to develop and excel as it embraces future opportunities.

“I sincerely thank the board, our staff, volunteers, local community and our colleagues across the broader health system for their constant support and collaboration throughout my tenure as CEO at Boort District Health.”

Ms Gladman said: “We have been very fortunate to have Darren lead and guide our health service and have seen many positive outcomes during his time with us.

“Darren is leaving the health service in a strong position and we would like to thank him for his commitment and contribution to not only the health service but the wider health and wellbeing outcomes of Boort and district.

“We wish Darren all the very best in his new role and his relocation back to South Australia.”

Dr Clarke’s resignation is the second from Loddon health services in recent months.

Tracey Wilson resigned as chief executive officer with Inglewood and Districts Health Service in June.

Greg Pullen was last month apppointed interim chief executive officer while the board goes through a recruitment process for an expected three-month tenure. Chairman Michael Oerlemans said in June that the board would also be liaising with the Health Department on filling the vacancy.

Meanwhile, Loddon Shire Council is continuing its search for a new CEO following the retirement of Phil Pinyon in July.

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