Cobb County Government

Chief's Office

Register MChief Michael Register 

Chief Michael J. Register has approximately 30 years of law enforcement related experience. Chief Register believes the modern police department must take a "whole of government" approach by partnering with other government entities and the community to improve the quality of life for its citizens, make the community safer and attract new business to the area.  

Prior to joining the Cobb County Police Department, Chief Register was the Chief of Police for Clayton County Police Department, Georgia where he managed over 500 personnel and a $35 million dollar budget. During his tenure as Police Chief of Clayton County he introduced many innovative community oriented policing concepts and initiatives to the department which helped to strengthen community partnerships. Before his tenure of Chief with Clayton County, Chief Register managed an operational, intelligence and law enforcement centric program at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. The program was responsible for locating and identifying individuals, as well as criminal and terrorist organizations globally that facilitated, funded or used improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to threaten the security and stability of the United States and its partners. He has assisted in advising U.S. government, partner nation military units, and law enforcement organizations, such as the Canadian military and the New York Police Department in counter-IED and terrorism related subjects.   

Chief Register also retired from the Cobb County Police Department as a Lieutenant in 2005 where he had been instrumental in development of the departments Georgia P.O.S.T mandated Police Academy, and also worked in the department's Special Operations Unit to include stints on SWAT, the Crime Suppression Unit and the Tactical Team. Chief Register also served 22 years in the U.S. Army Special Operations community, where he was a member of the 11th and 20th Special Forces Group and deployed to numerous countries, to include combat operations in Afghanistan, where he served on a Special Forces mobile recon element.  

Chief Register holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University and is also a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College, where he is currently an adjunct instructor. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Chief Register is currently seeking a Doctorate in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in Terrorism and Conflict Analysis and Resolution. He has attended Northwestern University’s prestigious Command and Staff program for Law Enforcement executives, and also serves as a member of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Executive Board, the GACP Legislative Committee as Co-Chair, and also is a Safe America Board member. He is a certified Georgia P.O.S.T Instructor with specialized instructor certificates in Defensive Tactics, Emergency Medical, Firearms and Driver Training. Chief Register is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Georgia Chiefs Association.






COX CHARLES132Deputy Chief Tim Cox 

Deputy Chief Cox has been a Cobb County resident for over 50 years and graduated from Marietta Christian High School in Marietta, Georgia in 1981. He attended Kennesaw College and began his career with the Cobb County Police Department in 1985.

During Deputy Chief Cox's tenure with the Cobb County Police Department, he has served assignments in the Uniform Patrol Division and the Special Operations Division as an officer, sergeant, and lieutenant. He has also served as the Adjutant to the Police Chief and two Deputy Police Chiefs and the commander of the Administrative Division of the department.

Prior to his assignment as Deputy Chief, he served as a commander of Precinct 4, Precinct 5 and the Organized Crime Unit. In May, 2013, Tim Cox was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief of Police and assigned to the Support Operations Division.



Vanhoozer Ernest627Deputy Chief Stuart VanHoozer 

Deputy Chief VanHoozer began his law enforcement career with the Cobb County Police Department in February of 1990 as a uniform patrol officer at Precinct Three. He has since served in various capacities to include Filed Training Officer, Patrol sergeant and lieutenant, Narcotics sergeant and lieutenant, Internal Affairs lieutenant and commander, Adjutant to the Chief of Police, Executive Officer to the Director of Public Safety, and commander of precincts 5, 3, and 2. Deputy Chief VanHoozer earned a Bachelor of Science in Public and Social Services/Criminal Justice from Kennesaw State University in 1998. He is also a graduate of the 233rd session of the FBI National Academy.