October 15, 2018
Mayor Stephanie Moulton-Peters, the Mill Valley City Council, and Fire Service members from around the region thanked and honored Battalion Chief St. John on the occasion of his retirement. The Proclamation is presented below.
A PROCLAMATION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MILL VALLEY CELEBRATING AND HONORING MICHAEL ST. JOHN ON HIS 31 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE MILL VALLEY COMMUNITY ON THE OCCASION OF HIS RETIREMENT
WHEREAS, Battalion Chief Michael St. John is a 31-year fire service veteran who began his career as a seasonal firefighter with the Marin County Fire Department in 1985 and in 1987, Michael began his service with the Mill Valley Fire Department as a Trainee Firefighter. During that same time, he also served as a Resident Firefighter with the Kentfield Fire Department; and
WHEREAS, Michael is an active and valued member of the Marin County Fire Chief’s Association - Operations and Training Sections. He has been a member of the Marin County Hazardous Materials Response Team since 1991 and is currently the Deputy Commander of the Team; and
WHEREAS, Michael is certified through the California Incident Command Certification System as a Strike Team Leader and Type II Safety Officer Trainee. As a volunteer – going above and beyond the standard call of duty -- Michael serves as the Unit Leader of the Marin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team and is an instructor in Predator Abduction searches for the California Office of Emergency Services; and
WHEREAS, he is an accredited Fire Officer through the Center for Professional Excellence and has an AA degree through Coastline Community College. He has served bravely and honorably for decades and has been a mentor, guide and inspiration for many of his colleagues and peers; and
WHEREAS, Michael has also shown true leadership and initiative in his work with the Mill Valley Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). His work leading the Mill Valley CERT group garnered him a rare commendation by the Mill Valley City Council, when in 2009, the City declared a “Mike St. John Day” in the City of Mill Valley. He has also received various commendations from local leaders and agencies honoring his good work and dedication to public safety.
WHEREAS, Michael has received numerous awards throughout his illustrious career, including: the Tom Forester Perpetual Leadership Award, Marin County Fire Chief’s (2107); The Mill Valley Fire Department’s Employee of the Year (2009), the Redwoods Retirement Community’s Public Safety Person of the Year (2004); and the National Association of Search and Rescue “State Award” for his development of Predator Abduction Search Strategies (2003); and
NOW THEREFORE, be it resolved that the Mill Valley City Council hereby honors and celebrates Michael’s impressive list of professional credentials, thanks him for his tireless dedication to the City and to the greater Mill Valley community, and wishes him well in all future endeavors. He will be greatly missed and impossible to replace.
Dated: October 15, 2018