During his six years as the town’s emergency management director, Jim Dittmeier has done his job well — so well, in fact, that he was recently named EMA Director of the Year.

At the regular selectmen’s meeting Sept. 21, Waldo County Emergency Management Director Dale Rowley presented Dittmeier with a plaque honoring him as the EMA Director of the Year. Dittmeier was selected for the award at the annual meeting of the Maine EMA County Directors Council.

When asked about the award, Dittmeier said he was both honored and surprised, noting that he knew nothing about the accolade until Rowley presented him with the plaque.

Dittmeier said in the six years he’d served in the position, he and EMA directors across the state had continued to plan for all disasters imaginable, including everything from hurricanes and floods to the unpredictable winter weather Maine is known for, such as ice storms and blizzards.

“We plan for pretty much everything,” said Dittmeier.

Dittmeier said this would be his final year serving the town as EMA director. His reason for the decision, in part, is aimed at making sure the town will have the best emergency coverage possible in the event of a disaster. Because he also serves as the town’s fire chief, Dittmeier said he felt the town might be in a tough spot should a catastrophic event require the services of the EMA director and the fire chief simultaneously.

“If there is some big event, I’ll need to be out on the scene,” he said.

Dittmeier said he is currently training an assistant to take over as EMA director in January.