New fire chief for Smyrna confirmed
The City of Smyrna has a new fire chief. Bran Marcos was sworn in last week to the top position with the Smyrna Fire Department. Marcos had been serving as deputy in the department since 2014. He is replacing former Fire Chief Roy Acree, who officially retired on July 31 after 32 years. Marcos was appointed interim fire chief on June 24. Marcos’ appointment was approved by a 7-0 vote of the Smyrna City Council.
Surrounded by family, Marcos was sworn in by Smyrna Chief Municipal Judge Phyllis Gingrey Collins. Smyrna Mayor Derek Norton said, “I couldn’t be more pleased to have somebody like Brian in this role. I know it’s going to be great for our city, great for the citizens and the department, and I look forward to the great things that you’re going to accomplish.”
After being sworn in, Marcos said, “This type of journey doesn’t happen by yourself. I have so many friends and family in this room that have supported me all along the way and I feel blessed. My cup is certainly full right now.” He also thanked “the men and women that serve every day in action on the front lines, and I feel your support every day.” He promised to give his best to those he will now lead as chief, as well as those who hired him.
Marcos joined the Smyrna Fire Department in 2006 as a firefighter and quickly rose up through the ranks, becoming deputy chief in 2014. He was named Chief Fire Officer of the Year by the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs in 2020 and was also recognized in 2021 by the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as one of the 50 Most Influential Hispanics in Georgia.