Warren Lee often finds himself in the eye of the storm. Since joining New Hanover County in 2003 as director of New Hanover County’s Emergency Management and 911 Center, Warren has shown he is no stranger to emergencies such as hurricanes. The department serves all of New Hanover County, including the City of Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach, and the University of North Carolina Wilmington campus. The department’s key missions are to protect citizens and visitors from the effects of natural and technological disasters, to receive emergency calls, and provide dispatch and emergency communications functions for all emergency response agencies in New Hanover County.
After serving in similar capacities in Cumberland and Lee counties, Warren arrived in New Hanover County to face the challenges of a coastal environment. Weeks after his arrival, the Cape Fear area was hit by a late spring nor’easter followed by Hurricane Isabel. Under his guidance, New Hanover County constructed a new $2.8 million Emergency Operations and 911 call center and upgraded the county’s 800 MHz Public Safety Radio System.
Warren is a native of Lillington, North Carolina and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina State University in Earth Science Education. He is also a graduate of the Municipal Administration curriculum of the University of North Carolina Institute of Government.