Press release from the Office of Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey; July 13, 2012:
(July 13, 2012, NASHVILLE) – Lt. Governor Ramsey today announced the appointment of Mr. Bobby Martin of Eads to the West Tennessee Seismic Commission.
“Even a government limited in size and scope must be prepared to help citizens during a natural disaster,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey. “Emergency preparedness is central to what public service is all about. I appreciate Mr. Martin agreeing to serve on this important commission.”
Martin is currently the director of the Fayette County Emergency Management Agency (EMA). He also serves as Safety Director for the county overseeing departmental training, worker compensation, property and casualty claims.
“Bobby Martin’s long and distinguished career in emergency preparedness makes him an obvious choice to help prepare Tennessee for this type of disaster,” said Sen. Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville). “I commend him for answering the call to serve.”
Prior to going to work for the county, Martin served thirty-two years in operations at a medical device manufacturer — his final six as Director of Operations.
Martin is married to his wife, Sarah. They have two daughters.
The West Tennessee Seismic Safety Commission (WTSSC) was created in 2006 by the Tennessee General Assembly to initiate, with the assistance of state, federal, and local government agencies, a comprehensive program to prepare the state for responding to a major earthquake.
Tennessee was the site of three great earthquakes that have occurred in the Upper Mississippi region, including a major quake on February 7, 1812 which ranks among the most significant geological events in U.S. history.