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Johns Creek Fire Chief retires, transitions to State Fire Marshal

January 11, 2019

Chief Jeff HoganThe City of Johns Creek announced the retirement of Fire Chief Jeff Hogan who accepted an appointment from Jim Beck, Georgia’s Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner, to become the State Fire Marshal of Georgia effective February 2019. 

Chief Hogan began his fire department career more than 35 years ago when he joined the Fulton County Fire Department. After a successful career with Fulton County where he held various operations, investigative, and supervisory roles, Hogan retired from Fulton County to join the newly formed Johns Creek Fire Department in 2008. After only a few years in Johns Creek he rose through the ranks to become the city’s fire chief in February of 2011. 

Chief Hogan was designated in 2011 as a Chief Fire Officer by the Commission on Professional Credentialing and he is also a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers. In his role with Johns Creek, Chief Hogan worked to improve the city’s fire protection rating making Johns Creek a Class 2 fire department, ultimately saving the citizens of Johns Creek over $6 million in insurance premiums.

“Chief Hogan’s tenure as Johns Creek Fire Chief was not only exceptional but his commitment to safety was of tremendous lasting benefit for our entire community,” said Mayor Mike Bodker. “We wish him continued success as the State Fire Marshal of Georgia.”

In his role as State Fire Marshal of Georgia, Hogan will manage all responsibilities of the Fire Marshal’s Office and oversee building inspection, manufactured housing inspection, engineering, hazardous materials inspections, and licensing. 

“We are extremely proud of the outstanding work Chief Hogan accomplished during his decade of service to our city,” said Johns Creek City Manager Warren Hutmacher. “He is a leader with a long and distinguished career in fire safety and we all wish Chief nothing but the best as he transitions to his new role with the state.”

As part of the transition plan, Johns Creek City Manager Warren Hutmacher appointed current Assistant Fire Chief Chris Coons, as Interim Fire Chief to ensure daily operations and oversight of the fire department remain at consistently exceptional levels. Hutmacher is coordinating search efforts over the next several weeks to permanently fill the position.