Windsor hires new commissioner of infrastructure

David Simpson has been announced as the new commissioner of infrastructure for the City of Windsor, effective July 8. (City of Windsor - image credit)

The City of Windsor will have a new commissioner of infrastructure services this summer.

In a statement Friday, the city announced David Simpson, the former Oxford County director of public works, will assume the job July 8.

He replaces Mark Winterton, who had been doing the job on an interim basis since November 2023 when Chris Nepszy, the city's former commissioner of infrastructure, was removed from the job.

Simpson was the director of public works for Oxford County since 2017. Previous to that, he worked in Halton Region.

In the statement, the city thanked Mark Winterton for his ongoing assistance while they "transition the infrastructure portfolio to Mr. Simpson."

"As we move forward with initiatives that increase our housing supply, revitalize the core, and invest in the vital new and aging infrastructure required to sustain our growth trajectory, it is important to have the right people at the table," said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens of the job, calling it a "key position" in the city's leadership team.

"Mr. Simpson's vast experience in the municipal sector, and across many intersecting municipal portfolios makes him a welcome addition, and we look forward to having him join the City of Windsor team."

Nepszy was originally hired into the role in November 2021, and was removed last year in a use of enhanced mayoral powers. He has since filed a lawsuit against the city, alleging a "culture or corruption" at city hall.