Robin­son set to run for Rock­mart’s Ward 2 Coun­cil seat

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­

Rock­mart’s got another can­di­date set to add his name to the bal­lot in 2019.

Marty Robin­son, Ser­vice Di­rec­tor for Red­mond EMS and Polk County’s Deputy Coro­ner, is set to qual­ify and place his name on the bal­lot for con­sid­er­a­tion for the Ward 2 Coun­cil seat.

That seat is cur­rently held by Coun­cil Mem­ber James Payne.

Robin­son said that he is seeking the seat to help con­tinue a trend of pros­per­ity for Rock­mart.

“I have a vested in­ter­est in Rock­mart, be­cause it is my home,” Robin­son said. “I feel that the city has a solid foundation on which to move into the fu­ture. A fu­ture of growth and de­vel­op­ment that is vi­tal to any city, while never los­ing that “home­town” feel to it.”

His goal is to con­tinue a life­long tra­di­tion of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity he loves, and isn’t afraid of the hard work.

“I want to serve and be a part of the great things that are to come for the City of Rock­mart,” he said. “I re­al­ize that we have chal­lenges ahead that we must face and de­ci­sions that have to be made and I am ready to roll up my sleeves and do my part.”

Robin­son, a na­tive of Ward 2 in Rock­mart, was born in 1964 at Rock­martAragon Hos­pi­tal. He was an honor grad­u­ate with Rock­mart High School’s Class of 1982, dis­tin­guish­ing him­self as a mem­ber of Beta Club, Sci­ence Club, “R” Club, and For­eign Lan­guage Club.

He worked for T.F. Smith at Tri­an­gle Foods be­gin­ning in 1980 as a gro­cery bag­ger, and even­tu­ally moved to the meat de­part­ment as a meat cut­ter where he stayed on a part time ba­sis un­til 2008.

In his ca­reer in public safety, Robin­son has served as a vol­un­teer fire­fighter with Rock­mart Fire and Emer­gency ser­vices for five years un­til he was hired full time in 1990. His ca­reer af­forded him the op­por­tu­nity to be­gin at­tend­ing Coosa Val­ley Tech­ni­cal Col­lege, now known as Ge­or­gia North­west­ern Tech­ni­cal Col­lege and study­ing to be­come an Emer­gency Med­i­cal Tech­ni­cian.

“My child­hood dream was to be­come a Para­medic from the days of watch­ing the TV show ‘Emer­gency,’” Robin­son said. He be­gan his ca­reer help­ing peo­ple in­jured or sick under then Polk EMS di­rec­tor Clin­ton Lester, where he worked as a part time fire­fighter in Rock­mart, and con­tin­ued his ed­u­ca­tion at then Coosa Val­ley Tech­ni­cal Col­lege where he re­ceived a diploma in Para­medic Tech­nol­ogy in 1993. All this time, he still kept up his du­ties with the fire de­part­ment.

“The 48 hour shifts got the best of me so I chose to stay in EMS as a Para­medic, which was my child­hood dream and leave the Fire Ser­vice,” Robin­son said. “That was a hard de­ci­sion.”

It was the right move, since his ca­reer ad­vanced as a para­medic, even­tu­ally be­com­ing a su­per­vi­sor in Polk County’s EMS ser­vice un­til Red­mond took over the pro­gram in 2009 and he be­gan work­ing for the Rome-based med­i­cal provider, where in the past years he’s been a shift cap­tain, a dis­trict com­man­der and now the Ser­vice Di­rec­tor.

Out­side of his pro­fes­sional life, Robin­son is mem­ber of the Rock­mart Ki­wa­nis Club, Polk County Cham­ber of Com­merce, Chat­tooga County Cham­ber of Com­merce, the GNTC EMS Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee, Polk Against Drugs Task Force De­vel­op­ment Group, Polk County Spe­cial Olympics Com­mit­tee, Tim Te­bow Night to Shine Com­mit­tee, Polk Teen Maze Com­mit­tee, and is a newly ap­pointed mem­ber of the Polk County De­part­ment of Fam­ily and Chil­dren Ser­vices Board.

He also serves on the state’s Re­gion 1 EMS Coun­cil as a vot­ing mem­ber.

Robin­son was also ap­pointed to the role of Chief Deputy Coro­ner in 2014.

Ul­ti­mately, he wants to see the com­mu­nity he loves con­tinue to get bet­ter.

“I want Rock­mart to be a place to live, work, play, and stay for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” Robin­son said.

Marty Robin­son

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