Fire Chief - Jackie Gibbs
A native to Marietta, Jackie Gibbs joined the city's fire department in 1977. Working in all divisions, he progressed through a variety of assignments. In 1987, Gibbs became the fire marshal, where he specialized in plan review for commercial construction, implemented certification for fire investigators and developed new concepts for fire safety education programs.
In 1999, Gibbs became chief of the Marietta Fire Department. He is very active in the fire service industry on the local, national and international levels. As a member of the Georgia Fire Chiefs Association (GFCA), Chief Gibbs served as a district representative and contributed to several committees for GFCA and the Georgia Municipal Association. Chief Gibbs has also served as the Georgia vice president for the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs. On the international level, Gibbs is a member of the International Code Council and serves on the board of directors for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). In both arenas, he has worked extensively in the area of fire code and life safety.
In 2001, Chief Gibbs received the H. D. Crossnine award from the southeastern division of the International Association of Fire Chiefs for his "hard work and dedication to Fire Codes" (SEAFC Leader, September 2001). The IAFC honored him with the 2003 Presidents Award. In 2004, the International Code Council named him Fire Code Official of the Year for his efforts in developing the fire and life safety section of the IAFC. This recognition came the same year he was recognized by the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs as the Fire Chief of the Year.
A graduate of Marietta's Southern Polytechnic State University, Chief Gibbs received an associate's degree in fire science technology and a Bachelor's degree in industrial engineering technology.