Chief & Staff

Chief 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, Jackie Gibbs is a member of the International Code Council and formerly served 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 President's 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.

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.

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.

Fire Marshal

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. His most recent accomplishment was to have Chief Gibbs appoint him as the city's Fire Marshal.

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.

Fire Prevention Administrative Assistant

Brittany Green started out in the Finance Department for the City of Marietta. In May of 2014, a rare opening presented itself and with her strong skill set, Ms. Green was the ideal candidate to become the Administrative Assistant for the Marietta Fire Prevention Bureau. Brittany is the first person many encounter when they seek information or services here. Whether in-person or on the phone, she uses her excellent communication skills to provide information regarding the operations or procedures associated with the Prevention Bureau.

Brittany stays busy doing quite an array of tasks. One of her roles involves the application process for business licenses. During the construction or renovation process, the fire department requires inspections to ensure conformity to approved plans and compliance to all applicable codes and ordinances. When the city receives an application for a new business license, they send a copy to Brittany who then schedules a Prevention staff member to perform the inspection. A fire department inspector conducts an on-site inspection at least twice: at the 80% stage and then at the 100% completion. There may be additional inspections as well; time spent scheduling and maintaining the inspection calendar can be quite a complicated task.

When she is not working on inspections or providing information to the public, Brittany is responsible for providing Burning, Blasting, and Tent Permits as well as for creating and revising forms and reports. The information she compiles is used for statistics and projecting trends, as well as for the compilation of the Annual Report.

Chief of Training

Kelly Caldwell began his service with the City of Marietta Fire Department in 1984 as a Firefighter/EMT. He was promoted to Fire Engineer in 1987 and then to Lieutenant in 1993. He served at several suppression stations throughout the city as he aspired to advance his career in the fire service. His hard work and ambition paid off and in 2000, Chief Gibbs promoted to him Captain at Station 56 where he led the Hazardous Materials Response Team. Just four years later, he was promoted to Assistant Chief and subsequently served as B-Shift’s Operations Chief for the next 11 years. In 2015, Chief Gibbs positioned him to lead the Training Division where he currently serves as MFD’s Training Chief. Chief Caldwell’s passions lie in Fire training and Incident Command and he enjoys designing and facilitating training in those areas.

Caldwell oversees all aspects of recruit, fire, and fitness training for the department. He supervises the scheduling, implementation and documentation of in-service training for NPQ-Certified fire suppression personnel and manages the transition of new-hires from the recruiting and hiring processes through to graduation. Chief Caldwell is responsible for all promotional processes and continuing education for both the Suppression and Administrative Divisions.

During his tenure with Marietta Fire, Chief Caldwell has earned certifications as an EMT-I, Hazardous Materials-Technician, Technical Rescue Specialist, and NPQ Incident Safety Officer. He is actively involved in teaching at the Georgia Fire Academy in programs such as the Georgia Smoke Diver Program and is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and International Association of Fire Service Instructors.


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.
Christi Cronin joined the Marietta Fire Department in 1999. She has come up through the ranks in Suppression Division where she last served as a company officer for Station 51. In 2015, Chief Gibbs promoted Christi to Station Commander and assigned her to the Fire Prevention Division where she serves as a Deputy Fire Marshal. In this role, among other duties, she handles all IT-related issues.

Christi's education includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology and a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis on Public Administration. She is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
Nalley, F.T.

Fire 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 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.

Fire Training Lieutenant

James Purvis

EMS Training Lieutenant

Scott Goudreau has an interesting array of work experience that includes customer service, carpentry, and emergency medicine; when he came to Marietta in 1997, he brought with him a variety of skills that made him a huge asset to the fire department. In a relatively short time, the Fire Chief promoted Scott to Engineer (2002) and then to Lieutenant (2005). Scott’s determination to be a skilled Lieutenant is evident in his drive for excellence both on and off the fire ground. He says that he got his education on the streets. He has been the strong mitigating factor on historical fires, performed numerous complex and sometimes horrific technical rescues, and in his words, he’s been on “too many to count” life-changing medical scenes. During his career, Scott has obtained Technician-level certifications in the following rescue disciplines: swift water, high angle, confined space, vehicle extrication, trench, and SCUBA.