Brookhaven will soon have its own fire marshal to help expedite building permits.

City Manager Marie Garrett told City Council Sept. 10 that the The Decatur Fire Marshal will work in Brookhaven on his days off. She said the marshal will be paid hourly, and his work will be dependent on the number of permits that need to be reviewed.

Garrett said bringing a fire marshal in-house will allow the city to “cut down on time and complaints from the development community that they are constantly waiting on the county.”

Currently, Brookhaven building plans must be approved by the DeKalb County Fire Marshal. Councilwoman Rebecca Chase Williams commended the city manager for finding a way to make the city’s permitting process run more smoothly.

“This is really good news for our community and especially our business community,” Williams said.