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Schulz to be next N.D. Homeland Security director

Cody Schulz (Photo provided by the North Dakota governor's office, Feb. 9, 2018)

BISMARCK - Cody Schulz, the disaster recovery chief for the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services, will be the state's next director of Homeland Security, Gov. Doug Burgum announced Friday, Feb. 9.

Schulz will take over leadership of the Division of Homeland Security office March 1, the governor's office said in a news release. He will also serve as the state's Homeland Security Advisor.

"Cody has a proven track record of managing crisis situations with sound judgment and strong communication skills," Burgum said. "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."

Schulz has served as disaster recovery chief for Department of Emergency Services since July 2014. He previously worked as the department's business manager and hazard mitigation grant specialist.

Schulz will succeed current Homeland Security Director Greg Wilz, who is retiring.

Wilz has directed response and recovery operations during 19 presidential declared disasters and numerous state declared emergencies, the governor's office said.

Schulz, a New Salem, N.D., native who now lives in Mandan, earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Dickinson State University in 2004 and a master's degree in business administration from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, in 2006. He is a Morton County commissioner, having served as chairman in 2016 and 2017, and played an integral role in helping to bring the Dakota Access Pipeline situation to a peaceful resolution, the governor's office said.

Helmut Schmidt

Helmut Schmidt was born in Germany, but grew up in the Twin Cities area, graduating from Park High School of Cottage Grove. After serving a tour in the U.S. Army, he attended the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, Minn., graduating in 1984 with a degree in journalism. He then worked at the Albert Lea (Minn.) Tribune and served as managing editor there for three years. He joined The Forum in October 1989, working as a copy editor until 2000. Since then, he has worked as a reporter on several beats, including K-12 education, Fargo city government, criminal justice, and military affairs. He is currently one of The Forum's business reporters.

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