Martha Blue, Director of Bibb County Department of Family & Children Services in Macon, Georgia, is retiring after more than 50 years of dedicated service in the Bibb County office. "Blue" as friends affectionately refer to her, has served the last year of her tenure as Director following the retirement of Director Marjorie Almand.
Blue remained committed to the families and children of Bibb County for decades and has worked with most service agencies in the city of Macon. Many hate to see her go and expressed regret that she will no longer serve families and children with Bibb County Department of Family and Children Services.
"With fifty years in the business protecting children, Martha Blue will be missed by everyone at DFCS and in the community who have had the pleasure of working with her," said Dee Simms, Executive Director of the Crisis Line & Safe House of Central Georgia. "Her shoes will be very hard to fill."
Georgia State Senator David Lucas
"Martha Blue is what you call a dedicated public servant; she spent half a century working for people in this community and some of those times haven't been easy times," said Georgia State Senator David Lucas. "But she always stuck with it, even when the going got tough."
Naomi Ladson, who oversees nine counties (including Bibb) as Social Service Director, Area Command, at the Salvation Army in Macon commented on the inner Martha Blue, recognizing that quality that all who know her see. "Her love for the community and for the well-being of those needing guidance only comes from that sweet, sweet spirit that she has about her," saidNaomi Ladson. "God bless her in her retirement."
"The child welfare arena is losing a tireless advocate and consummate professional," said Shannon Harvey, Chief Executive Officer of River Edge Behavioral Health Center in Macon. "I wish Martha well in her retirement, but in some ways, it's a sad day for the children of Georgia."
"Marjorie Almand and Martha Blue spent many years as Director and Deputy Director of DFCS," said Herbert Dennard, Owner and Publisher of The Informer newspaper. "Last year, Marjorie retired and this year, Martha is retiring. This community will miss both of them - both have contributed so much to the families of Bibb County."
Many of those who spoke about Blue have worked with her for decades. "Ms. Blue was one of my "Social Service Mentors" in the early 80'S when I started my career at Bibb County DFCS as a Service Supervisor and later, when I became the department's Services Program Director, Ms. Blue was my supervisor," said Frank Mack, Executive Director of the Family Counseling Center in Macon. "I was always impressed with her knowledge of community resources that were available to support families and even today, I take a great deal of pride in my role as Director by having staff who know how to connect families with additional community resource support, which today is called "Wrap Around Services". I owe the foundation of these skills to Ms. Blue."
"Ms. Martha Blue, along with Ms. Marjorie Almand, played an intrinsic role in the development of a successful 25-year partnership between Macon-Bibb County EOC, Inc. and the Department of Family and Children Services," said Sarita Hill, Executive Director of EOC. "Our relationship was like no other in the state of Georgia and it is our hope that the collaboration will continue in Ms. Blue’s absence. We at Macon-Bibb County EOC have a great appreciation for Ms. Blue and wish her continued success in her future endeavors."
Dr. Columbus Watkins
Blue is especially known to those who worked directly with her on an ongoing basis over the years. "I have worked with Martha Blue for many years, and in my observation, she has been totally dedicated to the agency and has worked tirelessly to insure that the needs of the clients are met, even if it meant working beyond the regular hours," said Dr. Columbus Watkins, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Bibb County Department of Family & Children Services. "She was also very concerned about her employees and always commended them for the work that they had done for the agency. She is a legend and leaves a legacy of hard work and service to the agency and to the community and we thank her for her years of service."
Mayor Robert Reichert
Macon's Top Leader, Mayor Robert Reichert had only good things to say about Martha Blue. "Ms. Blue has demonstrated compassion and concern while serving all the citizens of Macon and Bibb County," he said. "For 50 years, she served the families and children of our community with distinction, commitment and dedication. She thoroughly understands the need for service delivery, research, advocacy and education, and always addressed the emotional, psychological, economic and physical needs of the individual. She will truly be missed."
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