The City of Levelland announced the hiring of Cole Kirkland as the new Emergency Management Coordinator for Levelland and Hockley County Tuesday.
In a press release from the City of Levelland Tuesday, the city announced the new hire along with the retirement of current Emergency Management Coordinator David Corder.
Currently, Kirkland serves as the assistant supervisor for Levelland Police Communications. For the next few months, Kirkland will train with Corder and transition into the new position, according to the press release. Corder is set to retire December 31, 2020.
According to the city’s press release, Kirkland began his career with the City of Levelland in 2011 as a part-time dispatcher. He has promoted through the ranks, now serving in his current role as the Assistant Supervisor of Communications. He has served on the South Plains Association of Governments Regional 911 Advisory Board, and he is the communication supervisor for the MOV response team. In those roles, he has worked closely with Corder and has gained a broader understanding of regional assets and resource networks.
The city’s release stated that Kirkland was one of five candidates that were interviewed for the position, which included internal and external candidates.
The press release says the Emergency Management Coordinator (EMC) is a City of Levelland employee but provides emergency management services for all of Hockley County through an interlocal agreement between the city and county.
“David has been a huge asset as our Emergency Management Coordinator, and has certainly earned a relaxing retirement after 2020,” said Erik Rejino, Levelland City Manager. “We were very happy to be able to promote from within our ranks for this position, and we think Cole will do a great job for Levelland and Hockley County.”
“I’d like to thank the City of Levelland and Hockley County Leaders for the opportunity to step into a well-developed and thriving Emergency Management Program. I have some tremendous shoes to fill, but I am excited and anxious to get started. I would have never made it to this point if it had not been for those in my life who love and support me in all of my endeavors. I am looking forward to working with all of the organizations throughout the Hockley County and the region to ensure our communities stay safe and are prepared for whatever the future holds,” said Kirkland.