FOR almost half a decade Jackie Kruger has been the general manager of Leeton Shire Council and her contract has now been extended for a further five years by councillors.
Mrs Kruger started with council in August 2015 and to say plenty of water has gone under the bridge since then would be an understatement.
When she first arrived in the job, Mrs Kruger was thrown straight into the deep end in helping council prepare to be "fit for the future", which resulted in Leeton successfully avoiding an amalgamation with Narrandera Shire Council.
There has been many changes implemented to bring council more into line with legislation and policy, as well as restructures to ensure the best outcomes are being achieved.
Mrs Kruger said none of this would have been able to have been achieved if it wasn't for the help of a cohesive councillor contingent led by mayor Paul Maytom, as well as every staff member employed by council.
She views water and associated policies as continuing to be a big issue in the coming years, as well as the need to carefully consider and control council's finances to ensure it remains viable moving forward.
There's been many projects completed during the past five years, with more to come, including the upgrade of the Leeton pool and Roxy Theatre, thanks to securing significant grant funding.
Mrs Kruger said she was pleased to be staying on in the role as she and her husband Graeme now view Leeton as their home.
"It's easy when you love your job and where you live," she said.
"I'm very pleased to have the opportunity to continue.
"You feel as though you have achieved some things, but there is still so much more to do. It's heartening to know your bosses, being the council, want you to continue.
"It's been a pleasure serving council.
"They are a very cohesive group of people who are committed to Leeton shire."
With plenty of hard work still ahead, Mrs Kruger said there would be no taking the foot off the pedal.
"Leeton is a resilient community, but we need to make sure we can continue to be well placed well into the future," she said.