Flood recovery chief farewelled after nine months
HE WAS brought in from the outside to lead Bundaberg through its flood recovery, and the community welcomed him with open arms.
But now, after almost nine months, Deputy Police Commissioner Brett Pointing's job here is done.
Deputy Commissioner Pointing has done a 180-degree turn from recovery work to now being appointed to lead a special hand-picked taskforce, Operation Resolve, as part of a crackdown on criminal motorcycle gangs on the Gold Coast.
His departure comes the day after he spoke to the NewsMail when he said that when the day came for him to hang up his hat in Bundaberg, he would leave knowing the work that started under his watch would continue long after his departure.
And as Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli said yesterday, Deputy Commissioner Pointing's flood recovery success would continue under the leadership of Bundaberg Police Inspector Kev Guteridge.
Deputy Commissioner Pointing said he loved the challenge and would miss the city he called home for the best part of 2013.
"I'm sad to go - I've had the most wonderful time in Bundaberg," he said.
"What made the job easier was the willingness of people. From day one, they have been active participants of their own recovery."
Mr Crisafulli praised the dedication Deputy Commissioner Pointing showed while he worked to help restore the community in the wake of the January floods.
"He's become part of the community and that's a tribute to a great police officer," he said.
"Only a good police officer can do that - you know a good copper the moment you see them."
Deputy Commissioner Pointing's right hand man during the recovery efforts, Insp Guteridge, is set to take over the reins as soon as he returns from annual leave.
"I think Kev is really well regarded in the community," Mr Crisafulli said.
"It's great for Kev - it's a sign of faith I have in him to finish the job."