Brockton: Director of BEMA set to retire

Mort Schleffer, director of the Brockton Emergency Management Agency for the past 15 years, announced his retirement during a special ceremony in the Mayor’s office on Tuesday.

“It has been my pleasure to be able to work with the city for the past 15 years,” Schleffer said. “I think we brought continuity in departments by training individuals through our CERT program. It was a total team effort involving all public safety workers.”

Schleffer began his career with BEMA during the Yunits Administration. In addition to his duties with BEMA, Schleffer is the retired Director of Substance Abuse Protection for Smith Kline Clinical Lavatories. In that role, he was in charge of servicing all federal agencies. However, he was feted because of his outstanding work for the city.

“Mort’s job is a lot like being an umpire,” said Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter. “No one ever notices the job you do when you do the job right. It was always seamless the way he handled every emergency. He has served this city proudly.”

Douglas Forbes, the Region II Local Coordinator for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), echoed those sentiments.

“Because of Mort’s efforts this community is a safer place to live and work,” said Forbes. “His hard work and dedication to the City of Brockton is unparalleled.”

Schleffer is leaving at the end of March. Mayor Bill Carpenter’s office is planning to submit a candidate for the BEMA post to the Finance Committee on March 3. Schleffer, who is 80 and retiring of his own accord, says he wants to spend more time with his wife and family.

He is the second department head to announce his departure in as many weeks. Just recently, Brockton DPW commissioner Michael Thoreson made it known that he’s retiring from his position in August.

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About Kevin Tocci

Kevin Tocci is a Brockton area reporter, news anchor and host of Monday Night Talk which airs on Monday nights at 6:15 p.m. on 95.9FM WATD.