For new Central Otago District Council infrastructure manager
Jon Kingsford the beautiful and ''wicked'' region was a major
A keen multisport athlete, he had been to Central Otago
several times for events and described himself as a tourist
However, ''those visits made me realise how beautiful this
region [is] . . . my first visit was in 1999 and I thought
the I would like to live here'', he said.
Just over two months ago Mr Kingsford (39), his wife Teresa
and their three primary school-aged children moved to
Alexandra from Tauranga.
He had been working as a consultant engineer and contract
manager to a power company, the New Zealand Transport Agency
and local government in the Bay of Plenty and Christchurch.
Now, in his new role as infrastructure manager, he is
responsible for 20 staff who take care of the district's
water services, roading and road safety, property, community
facilities and waste minimisation.
While his first challenge in the job was to get his head
around historical and recent issues and to educate himself
about the infrastructure network, there would be ongoing
challenges, he said.
Water and wastewater are two of the biggest issues facing the
Despite the challenges, he had a great team to work with, Mr
He replaces Murray Washington who, after a decade in the
role, left in June for a similar job at the Selwyn District