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Bills part ways with chief administrative officer Dave Wheat

The Buffalo Bills and chief administrative officer Dave Wheat, a longtime employee of the franchise, are parting ways.

Bills co-owners Terry and Kim Pegula announced Thursday that the team would not renew Wheat's contract, which is due to expire this month.

"We would like to thank Dave for nearly 20 years of hard work and dedication to our organization and to the Western New York community," the Pegulas said in a statement released by the club. "Dave's contract was expiring this month and we informed him (Thursday) that it would not be renewed. We wish Dave and his family the best of luck in his future endeavors."

An external search for a replacement is underway, according to the team. No other changes to the Bills' organizational structure are planned, the team said.

Wheat oversaw several departments within the organization, including security and stadium operations for game day, as well as training camp logistics. One of the team's higher-ranking officials, he was a conduit between the football and business operations.

He worked from the Bills from 1997-2000 and then returned in 2003. He was promoted to vice president of business operations and ticketing in 2006, senior vice president of business operations in 2008 and chief administrative officer in 2014.

A source close to the situation said the decision not to renew Wheat's contract was not linked to previous departures of executives from Pegula Sports & Entertainment.

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