Background Check

Marietta Firefighter/EMTs are discernible representatives of the City of Marietta and accountable to the citizens they serve. They are responsible for protecting and serving the public and are trusted with substantial authority to carry out these responsibilities. The public has the right to expect that such authority and trust be placed in only those individuals of the highest caliber who have demonstrated by their conduct that they can perform the duties within the scope of their authority.

In an effort to maintain an equitable standard for hiring applicants for the position of Firefighter/EMT, the following minimum guidelines have been established. These guidelines are not all-inclusive but are among the principal factors to be considered by the hiring authority of the Marietta Fire Department in evaluating an applicant's candidacy. Candidates may be considered for disqualification for conduct that is not specifically outlined in these guidelines. Circumstances surrounding certain events within an applicant's background which may be considered disputable will be subject to examination by the hiring authority.

The City of Marietta will research your background in the following areas:

  • Criminal History 
  • Employment History
  • Financial Standing
  • Military History
  • Gambling Habits
  • Drug Usage/Possession/Distribution
  • Driving History
  1. Ciminal History
  2. Employment History
  3. Financial Standing
  4. Military History
  5. Gambling Habits
  6. Drug Usage/Possession
  7. Driving History

Felony Convictions

As an applicant for the position of Firefighter/EMT, you shall be subject to a check of your criminal history as recorded by federal, state, county, city, foreign or other government body. No applicant for the position for the position of Firefighter/EMT shall have been convicted for a criminal offense classified as a felony within his / her lifetime. Pleas of nolo contendere are considered a conviction.

Misdemeanor Convictions

Applicants for the position of Firefighter/EMT who have been convicted for more than two misdemeanor offenses within their lifetime, shall not be considered. The nature of the offense(s) committed must have not been associated with crimes denoting moral turpitude or disrespect for law enforcement authorities or crimes of an aggravated nature, including but not limited to crimes against public order and safety, public morals and standards, sexual offenses, domestic violence, crimes against children, etc. For the purpose of this section, violations of traffic laws are not included. Pleas of nolo contendere are considered a conviction.

Felony Thefts

No applicant for the position of Firefighter/EMT shall have ever been involved in a theft of a felony nature. The standard for determining the class of the theft shall be the Georgia Annotated Code which was in effect at the time of the theft. This applies to both detected and undetected thefts.

Misdemeanor Thefts

No applicant for the position of Firefighter/EMT shall have been involved in more than two thefts of a misdemeanor nature within his / her lifetime. No applicant can have committed a theft of any type within the twelve (12) month period preceding the initiation of the applicant's hiring process. The applicable Annotated Code of Georgia in effect at the time of the commission of the theft will be the determining factor of whether or not the theft was a felony or a misdemeanor. The hiring authority will examine the applicant's involvement on a case by case basis.

Undetected Crimes

Applicants who have admitted committing crimes against the state or any other government body that were never detected shall be presumed to have committed the crime or act. The class or seriousness of the violation will be determined by the applicable Criminal Code of Georgia which was in effect at the time of the commission of the act/ crime regardless of where the act was physically committed.