ROCKINGHAM – Bryan Land’s status as “interim” county manager was adjusted as he was elevated to permanent standing by the Richmond County Commissioners on Tuesday night.
Land accepted the appointment with a poignant speech in which he offered his appreciation for this opportunity to continue his service to Richmond County.
“I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to serve Richmond County since 2010,” said Land. “Words cannot express the positive experiences I have had during the last 18 months as assistant county manager and interim county manager.”
Having worked for small businesses since the age of 13, Land was fortunate to have learned the value of strong ethics and focused dedication from his grandfather, Bill Land.
Noting that his family, “has served Richmond County for over six generations,” Land stressed his allegiance to – and affinity for – this community and the people thereof.
With an education in business administration and civil engineering, Land noted the importance of good customer service and positive interactions in all aspects of communicating with business owners, government agencies, developers, and individual citizens in the pursuit of a higher quality of life for all residents of Richmond County.
During his tenure with Richmond County, he has overseen countless county construction projects such as the new Emergency Services Complex, County Administration Building, up-fitting of Cordova gym and fields, airport projects and countless others.
Land worked on the water system, which has had significant upgrades since Land came on board, with over $10 million in upgrades and numerous expansions. Land has served as an integral part of the economic development team that recruited RSI, Direct Pack, Enviva and assist with local industry expansions.
Land also focused upon the need to inquire as to why and how things are done in a particular way, ensuring that pertinent laws and regulations are observed and accommodated.
He went on to thank particular individuals for their respective roles in helping him to achieve this milestone in his career. Land specifically cited former county manager Rick Sago as a provider of guidance, patience and encouragement. He also acknowledged the support from his parents, Vance and Day Land, and other members of his family, wife Christy, and children Winston and Ava.
Closing with a note of appreciation for the, “strong showing of support,” from his 26 department heads and the commissioners themselves, it was back to work for the “new” county manager, who again expressed how “thrilled” he was to direct his energy toward any challenges encountered while ensuring the betterment of Richmond County.