Helena Magazine

City Hall Faces: Brent Langley

Published 7:44 am Wednesday, June 12, 2024

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Helena Utilities’ Brent Langley discusses moving to Helena and his job with the city. 

From running equipment to fix water leaks to overlooking the wells that pump water into the city, Brent Langley never has the same day twice at Helena Utilities and recently passed his grade two certification testing.

“At the utilities were responsible to do whatever’s necessary to ensure customers have available water at their house that varies from working on meters and water mains, day or night,” Brent said.

According to Brent, his favorite part of the job is the problem solving skills involved.

“It’s never the same and always requires thinking to accomplish the end goal of restoring water service, but (it) offers a challenge, no matter what we’re working on to finish,” Brent said.

Brent Langley grew up in a small town on the edge of Demopolis, Alabama. Graduating from Demopolis High School, he started working for the Demopolis Water Department as a 17-year-old co-op student.

In his early 20’s, Brent met his future wife, Payton, and followed her when she got a job as a nurse in Helena. The couple were married in 2022 and Brent started working at Helena Utilities that August.

“I actually filled out my job application at our wedding for the Helena Utilities and got a call from Brian Hinds about a job on our way home from our honeymoon,” Brent said.

Having grown up with cow pastures, catfish ponds and no neighbors for miles, Brent shared that the suburbs of Helena seemed foreign to him when he first moved.

“It’s definitely been a huge adjustment moving to Helena and being 2 hours away from what I’ve always called home,” Brent said. “The small home town feel is what’s helped me the most. Generally, everyone we meet is super nice and thankful for what we do at our job.”

Outside of work, you can find Brent fishing, hunting, enjoying the outdoors or spending time with his and Payton’s four dogs.