Ga. city names its 1st female deputy fire chief

Marietta Fire Department Deputy Chief Christi Malec has been with the department for the past 21 years and previously served as deputy fire marshal


Marietta Daily Journal, Ga.

MARIETTA, Ga. — Marietta Fire Department has a new deputy chief: Christi Malec, who has been promoted from assistant chief of the department.

Malec is the department's first female deputy chief, and succeeds retired Deputy Chief Danny Rackley.

Christi Malec has been named as the first-ever female deputy chief of the Marietta Fire Department. Malec is a paramedic, hazmat technician, fire inspector and 21-year veteran of the department.
Christi Malec has been named as the first-ever female deputy chief of the Marietta Fire Department. Malec is a paramedic, hazmat technician, fire inspector and 21-year veteran of the department. (Photo/Marietta Fire Department)

"I am very excited that Christi accepted this position," Chief Tim Milligan said in a statement. "Her experience, leadership, and passion for the fire service will be instrumental as we continue to deliver exceptional service to the community and the citizens we serve."

Malec has served the City of Marietta for the past 21 years. She joined the department in 1999 and has spent the majority of her career in fire suppression. She is a paramedic, hazmat technician, and fire inspector.

From 2015 until 2017 she was assigned to the Fire Prevention Division as the deputy fire marshal. During that time, she played a role in developing the "Be MFD Safe" program that has become very important to Marietta's fire prevention.

Malec holds a bachelor's degree in exercise physiology from Eastern Kentucky University and a master's in public administration from the University of Phoenix. She is also an alumnus of Leadership Cobb.

"I'm honored to serve the City of Marietta and citizens in my new role," Malec said in a statement. "Through my experience and dedication to the Marietta Fire Department, I am humbled by the opportunity I have been given to lead such an outstanding group of men and women."

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