Oxford County will soon have a new director of public works.
CAO Peter Crockett announced that David Simpson will be taking over the position in August. The former director, Rob Walton, left the job earlier this year in January, due to a matter that has not been made public.
Simpson said that he’s very excited to join the team in Oxford County, calling it a very progressive municipality.
“It’s very well positioned for success under Peter Crockett’s leadership and vision as the CAO and it’s currently getting lots of support by warden Mayberry and county council,” Simpson said. “A lot of good things are already underway in Oxford that I look forward to build off of and leverage further.”
The incumbent director will be coming from his current position in Halton, where he worked in management for nearly nine years. He said that his areas of specialty ranged from water and wastewater, planning, transportation planning, and managing municipal resources.
Simpson said that he’s really looking forward to meeting with council and starting to build strong relationships with the public works staff.
“(I want) to get a good sense of the state of Oxford’s infrastructure in relation to water, wastewater, roads and waste management,” he said. “Really start that as my basis to look for further opportunities to optimize how public works operates and the services that provided to the public.”
Oxford’s CAO said that they are very excited to have Simpson working for them.
“We think we’ve got a great candidate that’s going to serve Oxford well,” Crockett said, adding that they started the process of looking for a new public works director back in March.
Crockett also said that Simpson’s first task will be to understand the county, the people and council.
“There’s a lot of work that he’ll have to do to orient himself,” the CAO said. “Everybody who comes into a job like that has to go through some sort of orientation and get the lay of the land, so to speak, and that will be his first task at hand.
“He’s also coming in during the start of our budget preparations too, as we get ready for the budget process in the fall,” Crockett added. “He’s got a lot to learn very quickly.”