Chief & Staff


Tim Milligan joined the Marietta Fire Department in 1997. He spent much of his early years in special operations, an area of expertise that includes rope rescue, water rescue, and confined space. He successfully completed the technician-level certifications in all of those areas as well as in hazardous materials. Throughout Tim's career, he has added certifications in fire investigations, fire instruction, as well as a CrossFit Level I Instructor.

Tim has served in all divisions of the Marietta Fire Department. He earned two promotions in the Suppression Division, first to Firefighter Engineer and then to Lieutenant. After a time as a company officer in the field, Tim made a lateral transfer to a position in the Training Division where he served first as a fire department instructor and then as the Homeland Security Officer. In that role, Tim maintained the Crisis Management Center and managed the city's emergency management plans. On his next appointment, Tim became a Station Commander in the Suppression Division. In 2014, Chief Gibbs transitioned him into the role of Deputy Fire Marshal and Tim returned to the Prevention Division. He later was promoted to the title of  Fire Marsha as an Assistant Chief.

Throughout his career, Tim has taken advantage of a number of opportunities that allowed him to increase his level of contributions to the fire service. He is an alumni of both Honorary Commanders and Cobb Leadership and serves as the Co-Chair for Cobb Leadership's Class of 2017. He sits on both the City Pension Board and the Executive Committee of Georgia Association of Public Pension Trustees; in 2012, Governor Deal appointed Tim to the Board of Trustees for the Georgia Firefighter Pension Fund where he currently serves as Chairman. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Tim has volunteered with a number of community organizations including the Center for Family Resources and SafePath Children's Advocacy Group.

Tim's educational accomplishments include an associate's degree in Fire Science from Pikes Peak University, bachelor degree in Business from Regis University and a Masters of Business Administration, also from Regis University. 

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Chief Tim Milligan


Deputy Chief of Operations

Danny Rackley began his career with the Marietta Fire Department in 1982. He spent the first five years of his career as a firefighter/emergency medical technician before being promoted to firefighter engineer. His service as fire officer began in 1989 as he served as acting captain in suppression until his formal promotion later that year. With that promotion, Rackley's realm of responsibilities expanded to include code enforcement, investigations and public education. In 1993, his promotion to fire commander widened his scope to include work in Marietta Fire's training division. There, he supervised fire, recruit and fitness training, and developed and administered promotional exams.

In 1997, Commander Rackley returned to the prevention division as assistant fire marshal. He served three years in that role, supervising code enforcement, public education and investigations, and managing that division's resources and activities. With his vast experience in fire prevention, Racley was appointed fire marshal and was promoted to assistant chief. He held this position until 2001 when he was promoted to deputy chief.

Deputy chief Rackley holds several certifications including EMT since 1983, Georgia smoke diver (1986) and sworn police officer (1991). He is a fire service instructor, hazardous materials technician-operations level and fitness coordinator, ARA Human Factors, 1995. Deputy chief Rackley has also received several notable awards including a proclamation of valor from the Governor of Georgia as well as a valor award from the Georgia State Firefighters Association.

In 1996, Rackley received an associate's degree of applied science in fire science technology. Three years later he attended Shorter College and obtained a bachelor's degree in management.

Deputy Chief Danny Rackley


Fire Admin - Administrative Assistant

In 2012, Kim Blair began her career with the Marietta Fire Department working in the Fire Marshal’s office as an Administrative Assistant I. In March of 2014, she transferred to the Fire Chief’s office where she supports the work of both the Fire and Deputy Fire Chiefs. As an Administrative Assistant III, her responsibilities include purchasing, budgeting, invoices, and research. While her tenure has been relatively short, her contributions are significant; she has used her talents on numerous collaborative projects including the Home Inspection Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Kim completed an Associate’s Degree in Fine Arts from Young Harris College and went on to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Media Studies from Kennesaw State University. She obtained a Graduate Degree in Human Resources in 2016.

Admin. Asst Kim Blair


Fire Marshal

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Fire Prevention Administrative Assistant

Mari Tinsley

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Chief of Training

Jeff Guest

Assistant Chief Jeff Guest



eputy Fire Marshals

Tim Nalley joined the Marietta Fire Department in 1995 after serving ten years as a volunteer for a neighboring fire department. Early in his career, Tim sought to expand his skill set in the medical field. In 1997, he successfully completed the Paramedic program and obtained his certification. He was quite proficient in emergency medicine, and in 2003 he earned the esteemed Valor Award for his life-saving efforts during an apartment fire. That same year, the Chief appointed Tim to Firefighter Engineer.

The next few years proved to be quite busy for Tim. He continued aspiring for excellence and in 2006 received a Life Saver Award. That same year, Chief Gibbs promoted Tim to Lieutenant. In the course of the next few years, he successfully completed a number of course including Public Safety Educator, Fire Investigator, and Fire Inspector. His hard work paid off. In 2013, Tim first saw a promotion to Station Commander and the to Deputy Fire Marshal where he remains today.

Deputy Fire Marshal Tim Nalley

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Deputy Fire Marshal Grant Pearson


Fire Training Commander

George McKeehan

Training Commander George McKeehan


Fire Prevention - Investigator

Lt. Cliff Bolen began his career as a Firefighter with the Marietta Fire Department in 1999. Three years later, he added Nationally Registered Paramedic to his title. Cliff was one of the first firefighters to work with the Fire Prevention Division as an on-shift Inspector. In that role, he spent much of his time assisting city business owners with Fire and Life Safety Code compliance. His hard work paid off, and in 2005 Chief Gibbs promoted him to Firefighter Engineer. In addition to being an apparatus operator, Cliff took on additional responsibilities that included Hazardous Materials Technician and Technical Rescue Technician. In March 2012, the Chief promoted him to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned him to the Training Division as the Homeland Security Officer. In 2015 Chief transferred him to the Prevention Division where he serves as the Public Education Officer. His primary responsibility is to provide fire safety education for both the Marietta City Schools and for business owners within the city limits.

Lt. Bolen has numerous certifications including Arson Investigator, Fire Inspector, Hazardous Materials Technician, and Certified Emergency Manager. He is Fire and Life Safety Educator and an NPQ Fire Instructor, and he is certified to teach Swift Water Rescue, CPR, and National Incident Management System. He recently completed the basic police officer training and became P.O.S.T. certified; he is currently working towards the completion of his Associate Degree in Fire Science

Fire Investigator Cliff Bolen


Fire Prevention - Education

Lt. Steve Dau began his career as a firefighter with the Marietta Fire Department in 2008. Prior to joining the fire service Steve was a teacher for 10 years in the public school systems of both Fairfax County, Virginia and Paulding County, Georgia. During his first several years with department Steve became certified in areas of technical rescue and hazardous materials response and in 2012 added Paramedic to his title. Steve’s hard work paid off and Chief Gibbs promoted him to Fire Fighter Engineer in 2013 and he was again promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2015. In the Spring of 2016 Steve was assigned to the Fire Prevention Division as the Education Lieutenant. His primary job responsibilities include fire safety education in the Marietta City Schools, businesses, and at community events. Additionally, since joining the Fire Prevention Division Steve played an instrumental role in the development and launch of the “Be MFD Safe” community risk reduction program in the summer of 2016 and is one of six certified car seat technicians for the city. Steve serves as the lead tour guide for the Marietta Fire Museum and is currently working with other members of the museum committee to rejuvenate the look and feel of the museum.

Education Lt Steve Dau


Fire Training Lieutenant

James Purvis

Training Lt James Purvis


EMS Training Lieutenant

Donny Reed

EMS Lt Donny Reed