Police Chief Martin “Marty” Ferrell was appointed by City Manager Bill Bruton to serve as the Marietta Police Department’s Interim Chief of Police when former Chief Dan Flynn retired at the end of January 2022.
Chief Ferrell joined the Marietta Police Department in 1990 and has served the City of Marietta in numerous law enforcement roles over his 32-year career. His experience includes assignments in all three divisions (Investigative, Uniform Patrol, and Support Services) and special assignments in the Marietta-Cobb-Smyrna (MCS) Narcotics Task Force and as Commander of the MPD Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team.
Chief Ferrell holds bachelor’s and master's degrees in Criminal Justice from Columbia Southern University. He is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy, session 202; and the Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police. Interim Chief Ferrell has also completed the Local Government Management Program through the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, and he is a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Leadership Program.
Chief Ferrell is deeply committed to the advancement of the policing profession, and his professional memberships include the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP), Cobb County Law Enforcement Association (CCLEA), which he served as president from 2005 to 2006, the Peace Officers Association of Georgia, and the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA). Interim Chief Ferrell is the Past Chairman of the Kennestone Hospital Regional Health Board and was appointed in 2020 by Governor Kemp to serve on the Sex Offender Registry Review Board.
Marty, a long time Cobb County and now City of Marietta resident is husband to his wife Penny, and father to their 5 children. When not serving our city he enjoys woodworking, tennis, and spending time with his family and his dog Boomer, a 3-year-old Bullmastiff.