As the City of Levelland prepares to bid farewell to retiring Emergency Management Coordinator, David Corder, a familiar face is set to fill that position: Cole Kirkland.
Kirkland currently serves at the Assistant Supervisor of Communications for the Levelland Police Department. He will use the next few months to train with Corder and transition into the new position. Corder will retire December 31, 2020.
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.
Kirkland was one of five candidates interviewed for the position. Those interviewed included internal and external candidates.
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. The EMC has far-reaching hand in the event of a disaster, as Hockley County encompasses Levelland, Ropesville, Sundown, City of Opdyke West, Smyer and Anton.
“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
“I’d like to thank the City of Levelland and Hockley County Leaders for 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 Hockley County and the region to ensure our communities stay safe and are prepared for whatever the future holds,” said Kirkland.