Commissioners Name VanDemark as New Emergency Management Planner

Maurice “Moe” VanDemark - Emergency Management Specialist

Snow Hill, Maryland (June 3, 2024) – The Worcester County Commissioners named Maurice “Moe” VanDemark as the new emergency management specialist within the Worcester County Department of Emergency Services (WCDES). VanDemark stepped into his new role on April 15.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have Moe as part of our team,” Fire Marshal Matt Owens said. “Moe brings a trove of knowledge and experience with him, and we are looking forward to what he will add to an already great team.”

VanDemark brings 12 years of experience in law enforcement, fire safety, and emergency management to this position. Prior to joining Worcester County Government, he served as a deputy within the Caledonia County Sheriff’s Office in Vermont from 2016 to 2023, while concurrently serving within the State of Vermont Division of Fire Safety as an assistant state fire marshal.

“I’m excited to bring my extensive skillset to the county and bring in fresh new ideas to help with emergency management,” VanDemark said. “I’ve dedicated my life to protecting the communities I serve, and I will continue to do so while working here. I’m also excited to be a part of the local community and look forward to meeting the community members.”

VanDemark earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Western New England University and a Master of Science in Fire Science, with a concentration in emergency management, from the University of New Haven. He is an FAA certified drone pilot, National Fire Prevention Association fire inspector II, and hazardous materials technician. He has served as a member of Urban Search and Rescue within the State of Vermont’s Division of Fire Safety and also on the State of Vermont Hazardous Response Team.

In his free time, VanDemark enjoys going to the beach and spending time with family. He has coached middle school basketball and softball, and each fall he can be found rooting for his favorite football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.