Governor LePage Nominates Bruce Fitzgerald to Serve as Director of MEMA

February 6, 2014

For Immediate Release: Thursday, Feb. 06
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage announced today that he has selected Bruce Fitzgerald of South China to serve as the director of the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA.)

“Bruce has distinguished himself as an expert in the emergency management field through his many years at MEMA, and I am pleased to nominate him as the director,” said Governor LePage. “Bruce is the right man to manage the agency in times of emergency.”

Fitzgerald joined the MEMA staff in 2003, beginning as a program manager for Homeland Security grants, progressing to the Homeland Division Director and then serving as acting director. He served at MEMA through numerous state emergencies and Presidentially declared disasters, notably during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the St. Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day and Patriot’s Day storms in 2007 and, more recently, during Hurricanes Irene and Sandy. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Maine.

“I’m pleased and honored to have been selected by the Governor for this position. I look forward to continued service with MEMA leading this important agency,” said Fitzgerald. “I am confident that the professionals of the Maine Emergency Management Agency will continue to provide the high level of service to Maine’s citizens to which we have all become accustomed.”

The MEMA Director reports to The Commissioner of Defense, Veterans’, and Emergency Management (DVEM) and directly to the Governor during times of emergency.

Fitzgerald’s nomination is subject to final confirmation by the Maine Senate.