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Governor LePage Announces Departure of MEMA Director Bruce Fitzgerald
August 16, 2017
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Contact: Peter A. Steele, Communications Director, (207) 287-5086
AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage today announced Bruce Fitzgerald, Director of the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), will step down from his post mid-September to pursue opportunities in the private sector. Fitzgerald has served as director since March 2014.
"Bruce provided professionalism and leadership while at MEMA, and he was a trusted advisor in all areas of emergency management and homeland security," said Governor LePage. “On behalf of the citizens of Maine, I thank him for his years of dedicated public service. I am sorry to see him go, but wish him all the best in the next chapter in his life.”
The Governor has named MEMA Deputy Director Peter Rogers as the Acting Director until a permanent appointment is made. Rogers, who has been the Deputy Director since 2014, previously served in the Maine Army National Guard and has directed MEMA’s Homeland Security Division. He has also served as Deputy Director during his time with the Agency.
Fitzgerald, who resides in China, says he is tremendously grateful for the faith the Governor has shown in his ability to take the emergency management role for his Administration.
"I have been honored to have the opportunity to serve the citizens of Maine, and I am extremely appreciative of the support by both the Executive and Legislative branches that our agency has enjoyed,” he said.
Prior to his appointment as the director of MEMA, Fitzgerald served as the deputy director and homeland security division director. He has been with MEMA for more than 14 years and worked to improve Maine’s preparedness and response capabilities for natural and man-made disasters. He served in the State Emergency Operations Center through multiple statewide events, such as the Patriot’s Day and Mother’s Day storms, Aroostook County flooding and many other weather-related events.
Fitzgerald served as a member of the U.S./Canada International Emergency Managers Group, served on the Board of Directors and the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Assistance Compact Committees for the National Emergency Management Association and was the chairman of the Governor's Homeland Security Advisors Council and the State Emergency Response Commission. He deployed to New York City in support of the relief effort to Hurricane Sandy and managed one federally declared disaster as director.