ATHENS, Alabama — The Athens City Council has named the new fire chief for Athens Fire and Rescue.
Albert Hogan Jr. has worked with DeKalb County Fire Rescue in Georgia, where he climbed the ranks from firefighter to fire captain to battalion chief over 23 years.
“I’m ecstatic about this opportunity,” Hogan said. “Athens is the place that is the right fit, and it will be a nice change of pace. I look forward to meeting everyone.”
The City said that Hogan has also served on the DeKalb County Fire Rescue's Hazardous Materials Team, Hazard Materials Decontamination Team, Accreditation Committee and other committees.
Regarding education, Hogan has a bachelor's of science degree in fire administration from Columbia Southern University.
Hogan hopes to start his new role on March 1.
Athens Fire and Rescue Fire Marshal James Hand has served as the department's interim chief following Fire Chief Bryan Thornton's retirement in May 2020.
“I want to thank James for guiding the department, especially during the budget process and during this COVID-19 pandemic,” Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks said.
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