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Public Safety

In this chapter, the city services of police, jails, fire, emergency and animal control are explored. Topics within these services that are addressed are the standards with which cities must comply, the training through which officers should pass, and the benefits of municipal provision of these basic services.
About the Authors
Bill Bruton was named Marietta's city manager in January 2000. He previously served as city manager of Hartsville, South Carolina, and Colonial Beach, Virginia. Bruton graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law and holds a bachelor's degree in public administration and political science from Duke University, where he was president of the student body.

In 1999, Jackie Gibbs became Chief of the Marietta Fire Department. He has been very active in the fire service industry on the local, national, and international levels. As a member of the Georgia Fire Chiefs Association, Chief Gibbs served as a District Representative and has contributed to several committees for GFCA and the Georgia Municipal Association. 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 that he was recognized by the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs as the Fire Chief of the Year.

Dan Flynn is currently the Chief of Police with the Marietta Police Department. He was appointed January 15, 2007. In 2010, Chief Flynn was selected as the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Chief of the Year for Georgia 2010-11 and he was inducted into the prestigious international Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Public Administration as well as post-graduate certificates from the University of Miami and George Washington University. Chief Flynn is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and Senior Management Institute for Police. Chief Flynn has authored several law enforcement publications for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Executive Research Forum, and Community Policing Consortium.
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