LaFortune celebrates 20 years with the town of Queen Creek

Joe LaFortune recently celebrated 20 years with the town of Queen Creek. He is the town's emergency management coordinator, but has served in a variety of positions during his two-decade career here. (Independent Newspapers/Wendy Miller)

Joe LaFortune recently celebrated 20 years with the town of Queen Creek. He is the town’s emergency management coordinator, but has served in a variety of positions during his two-decade career here. (Independent Newspapers/Wendy Miller)

 

Joe LaFortune, the town of Queen Creek’s emergency management coordinator, was recently recognized by the town officials for his 20 years of service.

He started in 1996 as a management intern working for the town engineer. During the next two decades, he went on to serve in various capacities, including management assistant, assistant to the town manager and public safety division manager.

In 2010, Mr. LaFortune became the emergency management coordinator. He is responsible for planning and coordinating how the town will support first responders during emergency situations such as storm events, plane crashes and train derailments.

He also works with volunteers to develop emergency preparedness skills.

“Twenty years of service is quite the milestone,” Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney said, referring to Mr. LaFortune. “Not only do the town council and I appreciate Joe’s commitment to this community, we also value his hard work and expertise in keeping Queen Creek prepared.”

While each day varies, Mr. LaFortune is the project manager for the new public safety building and new Fire Station 411. He also conducts car seat inspections for residents and is updating the town’s Emergency Operation Plan.

“Enjoying the work that you do is so important, especially when you have been with an organization for 20 years. Not only are there new projects and programs to keep the job interesting, I also work with great, fun people,” Mr. LaFortune shared. “I also really enjoy working with the residents; this is a great community and organization to work for.”

Mr. LaFortune obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Arizona and a master’s in public administration from Arizona State University, though he is still a Wildcat fan.

He belongs to the Arizona City/County Management Association, the Arizona Emergency Services Association and the International Association of Emergency Managers.

Mr. LaFortune enjoys UofA football and basketball. In addition to time with his family and sports, he enjoys volunteering as a member of the 501st Legion, an international costuming group that participates in charity events and visits with children in the hospital.

Editor’s note: Constance Halonen-Wilson is the public information officer for the town of Queen Creek.

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