Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Town of Leland appoints first public safety director, community enrichment director

LELAND — The growing town of Leland has established two new leadership positions.

Chris Langlois was appointed as the town’s first public safety director. Previously the chief of Leland Fire/Rescue since August 2020, Langlois will now oversee police and emergency management in addition to the fire department. The leadership should help with the planning, development and implementation of public safety goals and free up the chiefs’ time to focus on operational services.

“The role was created to ensure the Town’s public safety departments can continue to cohesively and strategically plan for the future in a more proactive manner,” according to a town news release.

Langlois will continue as fire chief until his successor is hired.

Wyatt Richardson is now acting as the town’s first community enrichment director. Richardson joined the town in April 2018 and has served as operations director.

Under his new title, Richardson is in charge of engaging the community and is the “point person” who identifies the needs of the residents before they evolve into larger issues.

“In the short term, our team will be working towards building new and strengthening existing community relationships for the Town. In the long term, we will collaboratively develop and implement a strategic plan for community outreach, engagement, and all communications of the Town both internally and externally,” Richardson said. “These are exciting times for the Town of Leland as we continue to grow and prosper. These recent organizational changes are another reflection of that growth.”

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Alexandria Sands
Alexandria Sands
Alexandria Sands is a journalist covering New Hanover County and education. Before Port City Daily, she reported for the award-winning State Port Pilot in Southport. She graduated from UNC Charlotte and wrote for several Charlotte publications while there. When not writing, Williams is most likely in the gym, reading or spending time with her Golden Pyrenees. Reach her at or on Twitter @alexsands_

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