Take a moment and think back. Where were you in 1976? We had just celebrated our Nation’s Bicentennial and a few months later, on October 22, 1976, Martin Flemion started working for the City of Laurel in the Public Works Department. He was an employee with a lot to learn and learn he did! And now over four decades later, we will say goodbye when his retirement takes effect on September 28, 2018.
Mayor Craig A. Moe has been right there with Mr. Flemion through many of the monumental events and emergency situations within the City and he said of Mr. Flemion that “in his 42 years with the City of Laurel, Marty worked his way up the career ladder from the Department of Public Works to the top appointed official, as City Administrator, running the day-to-day operations of City Government. I want to thank Marty for his many years of outstanding and dedicated service to the City of Laurel. I will miss Marty at City Hall, but wish him and his family the very best in a well-deserved retirement.”
Mayor Moe appointed Mr. Flemion as the Director of Public Works in 1992. His handling of the the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and a tornado that ripped through Laurel a couple of weeks later cemented Mr. Flemion’s path in the City for Emergency Management.
After helping Mayor Moe and the City Council create an Emergency Operations plan, Mayor Moe appointed Mr. Flemion the Deputy City Administrator/Director of Emergency Operations in 2002, where he dedicated the next 15 years of his career building an Emergency Operations Center and Emergency Plan that would stand up to any disaster that could befall the City of Laurel.
In 2016, after the retirement of Kristie Mills, Mr. Flemion took up the mantel of City Administrator, the position he will be retiring from on the 28th of this month.
In his tenure with the City of Laurel, Flemion has been involved in 12 Federal Disaster Declarations, as well as numerous City of Laurel Declarations involving snow, flooding, wildfires and the aforementioned tornado. Mr. Flemion also took countless classes to become proficient in Emergency Management and he holds a license in power engineering from the National Institute of Power Engineers. He also holds numerous instructor certifications in disaster preparedness, Incident Command, weapons of mass destruction, and other various disciplines in Emergency Services.
When asked what his thoughts are on his retirement, Mr. Flemion said, “my decision to retire was one of the most difficult and emotional decisions I have ever had to make in my life. I have been extremely fortunate to have served under Mayors who entrusted me with exciting and challenging responsibilities. During my 40 plus years with the City I have always felt that Laurel was blessed with staff and elected officials who really cared about people and the City we live in. During my time with the City I have had the privilege to have met so many citizens and employees who I now consider my friends. Through them, I have learned some of the little known stories that have made Laurel a great City. I wish to thank the Citizens of Laurel for the many blessings I enjoyed during my tenure and a special thanks for the City employees and volunteers who do everything in their power to provide first class service and protection to the Citizens of Laurel. I shall miss everyone tremendously. My thanks to all, may God bless you and keep you safe.”
On September 24, 2018, the Mayor and City Council meeting will begin at 5:00pm, so Mayor Moe and the Laurel City Council can conduct regular business and then move right into a Special Recognition of City Administrator Flemion. The public is invited to come down and help us honor and recognize Mr. Flemion’s long career.
Mayor Moe will nominate a replacement for the City Administrator at the September 24th meeting. His selection must be confirmed by the City Council.