Wakefield Regional Council has appointed Leon Kruger as its new infrastructure services manager, replacing David Hasset who was in the position for 10 years.
Mr Kruger has an extensive background in local government and civil engineering, most recently with the City of Busselton in WA.
Council CEO Jason Kuchel said there was a strong response to council’s recruitment for the role.
“After a thorough recruitment process, we were pleased to appoint Leon to this important role in council. I am sure he will offer strong leadership and help council deliver its plans,” he said.
“Wakefield has significant infrastructure investment across the community and Leon will lead a committed team working to ensure community expectations are met.
“Mr Kruger is very excited about working in a largely farming community, having grown up in a similar community himself.”
Originally from South Africa, where he worked with and for multiple councils, Mr Kruger moved to New Zealand with his family in 2004 and took up the position of wastewater manager for the Far North District Council and then, utilities program manager for Hamilton City Council/MWH Alliance Partnership. After returning to engineering consultancy in 2006, Mr Kruger immigrated to Australia in 2012 and tried his hand at the mining sector as senior engineer for the Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) Australia.
Mr Kruger will take up the role with Wakefield Regional Council on December 11, 2017.