Burgum names new homeland security director

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BISMARCK — A key player in the response to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests will serve as North Dakota's new director of homeland security starting in March, Gov. Doug Burgum said Friday, Feb. 9.

Cody Schulz, the disaster recovery chief for the state Department of Emergency Services, will succeed Greg Wilz, who is retiring after more than 12 years in the role. Schulz will oversee the Division of Homeland Security within the department and will serve as the state's homeland security advisor.

Schulz is a Morton County commissioner and served as its chairman in 2016 and 2017. The governor's office in a news release said he "played an integral role in helping to bring the Dakota Access Pipeline situation to a peaceful resolution."

"Cody has a proven track record of managing crisis situations with sound judgment and strong communication skills," Burgum said in a statement. "His extensive experience in leading staff through disasters and working collaboratively with multiple stakeholders throughout the state will benefit North Dakotans in times of crisis and calm."