Forsyth County names new emergency services director, economic development director

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 8, 2021

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Ziglar is new Forsyth County Emergency Services director

Daren Ziglar has been selected to serve as the new emergency services director for Forsyth County.

Ziglar previously worked for Forsyth County Emergency Services as an emergency medical service compliance officer and assistant chief before retiring in 2018. He currently manages Life Star Emergency Services, one of the county’s contract non-emergency medical transport providers. He is also currently the chief of the Walkertown Volunteer Fire Department.

New Forsyth County Emergency Services director Daren Ziglar.

Ziglar emerged as the top candidate after the county conducted a nationwide search. As emergency services director, he will oversee the county’s emergency medical services (EMS), fire service and 911 communications divisions. He began his new position on April 5.

Ziglar has a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from Columbia Southern University, an associate’s degree in emergency medical science from Guilford Technical Community College, and a certificate in county administration from UNC Chapel Hill, among other academic attainments.

He succeeds Tim Black, who recently retired after 20 years of service at Forsyth County.

Haney is new Forsyth County Community and Economic Development director

Kyle Haney has been promoted to community and economic development director for Forsyth County government.

Haney has been employed with Forsyth County for more than seven years. He started in the county’s Budget and Management Office, where he worked for three years, and he transitioned to the Community and Economic Development Department in 2016, where he served as economic development program administrator.

Kyle Haney is the new community and economic development director

Haney emerged as the top candidate after the county conducted a nationwide search. In his new position he heads a department that includes the county’s economic development, affordable housing, code enforcement, and workforce development programs. He began his new position on April 3.

Haney has a bachelor’s degree in history and international studies from Wake Forest University, and a master’s of public administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

He succeeds Dan Kornelis, who recently retired after 33 years of service at Forsyth County.

“We will miss Dan tremendously as he’s served our community well for decades and has been an outstanding community and economic development director,” said Deputy County Manager Shontell Robinson. “Kyle has worked alongside Dan for the last five years and has been integral in managing the department. He has a breadth of knowledge and a heart for serving our community. I’m confident that Kyle will be able to lead the department professionally and honorably for years to come, and I look forward to working with him in this new capacity.”