Morton County Commission Chairman Cody Schulz announced Monday that he will not seek a third four-year term so that he can focus on his role as North Dakota's director of Homeland Security.
Gov. Doug Burgum in March 2018 appointed Schulz to head the Homeland Security Division and be state Homeland Security adviser. Schulz has served on the county commission since first being elected in 2012.
“Serving the great people of Morton County over the past seven-plus years has truly been one of the great honors of my professional life,” he said in a statement.
Schulz said he helped develop a "positive culture for staff" by expanding training opportunities. He said he also assisted staff in airing and streaming meetings. Schulz also helped to make county services available on a new website.
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“I am proud to have been a part of the many accomplishments within Morton County,” he said. “First and foremost, over the last seven years I have seen our staff go from a group of good employees to a true team of dedicated servant leaders."
Schulz said he is proud of his work leading the county during the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. He also helped lead efforts to build the Burleigh Morton Detention Center, drafting the ballot measure for a half-cent sales tax that voters passed in 2014 to fund the jail.
Schulz said he is pleased with how elected officials have decreased property taxes, which he said has helped with "enhancing" the county's business climate.
Schulz's term ends in December. He said he plans to work toward lower taxes and an enhanced road system and to be a resource for candidates during the last year of his term.
“We are in a great place as a county, but there is more work to do and I will focus on that over the next year, and I intend to stay active and involved in enhancing our great county and state,” Schulz said.
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