Riggins sworn in as fire chief

Dozens gathered outside Macon City Hall Thursday for the swearing-in of Macon-Bibb Fire Chief Marvin Riggins.

Riggins, 47, was confirmed unanimously last week by city council after Mayor Robert Reichert picked him from a pool of a dozen applicants to serve as fire chief. The 28-year veteran of the Macon-Bibb Fire Department will be its first black fire chief.

Riggins, formerly the assistant chief, had led the fire department on an interim basis since Jimmy Hartley retired as chief at the end of January.

Among Riggins' goals as chief is formulating a plan to help firefighters pursue higher education. Riggins also has said he will be an advocate for the review of the firefighters' retirement package.

Information from Telegraph archives contributed to this report.