JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Johns Creek has announced the promotion of former Assistant Fire Chief Chris Coons to the department head position. 

Coons has served as assistant fire chief for Johns Creek since 2012 and brings more than 26 years of professional experience to the position.

Coons began his fire department career with the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, where he held various operations, investigative and supervisory roles. He joined the newly formed Johns Creek Fire Department in 2008 as a captain. 

 “Chris is a thoughtful leader and a talented professional who brings an intimate understanding of what it takes to run a full-service department along with an appreciation for the exceptional level of service Johns Creek residents expect and deserve,” Johns Creek City Manager Warren Hutmacher said.

In his previous role as assistant chief he managed the administrative division of the Johns Creek Fire Department, overseeing training, special teams, budgeting, records management and the support and technical services division, including the fire marshal’s office and emergency medical services division. 

Coons has served as the department’s interim fire chief since January of 2019, when former chief Jeff Hogan was appointed State Fire Marshal. 

“The members of our City Council and I are familiar with the outstanding commitment and dedication Chris has shown throughout his tenure in our city’s fire department,” Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker said. “He is a tremendous asset to our organization. Our fire department is in very capable hands thanks to his experience as a leader and his vision for success.”

Coons holds a bachelor’s degree in emergency management, is a certified Chief Fire Officer through the Center for Public Safety Excellence and is currently completing his thesis for a master’s degree in public administration. 

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