Cobb County Government

Candidate Recommended for Cobb County Chief of Police

Board of Commissioners to vote on appointment of Chief Michael Register  
(Marietta Ga. - May 15, 2017) The Cobb County Board of Commissioners will be considering a candidate recommended by Interim County Manager Rob Hosack. Following a thorough interview process with five finalists, the Board of Commissioners will vote on current Clayton County Police Chief Michael Register to be appointed as Cobb’s new Police Chief at its June 13 meeting.

“Chief Register will be an excellent leader for our outstanding men and women in uniform,” said Public Safety Director Sam Heaton. “He is a decorated officer, veteran and brings a wealth of education, knowledge and expertise, including almost 20 years with the Cobb County Police Department.”

Register has more than 30 years of operational and supervisory law enforcement experience. In his current role as Chief of Police of Clayton County Police Department, he oversees more than 500 people and a $40 million budget. He worked for Cobb Police Department from 1986 to 2005, serving in many tactical, operational and leadership positions, including assistant academy director and assistant SWAT and tactical team commander.

He has managed a law enforcement, operational and intelligence program at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and serves on the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force Executive Board, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Legislative Committee as Co-Chair and is a Board Member for Safe America. He also served our country in the U.S. Army Special Forces for 22 years, including combat operations in Afghanistan.

Register is working on his doctoral dissertation in public administration and policy, with an emphasis in terrorism and conflict analysis and resolution. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from Columbus State University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and international finance from Liberty University. Register also attended Northwestern University’s nationally-recognized Police Staff and Command School and the Georgia Command College. He is an adjunct professor at Columbus State in the areas of strategic planning, management and leadership.

If approved by the Board, Register will replace Chief John Houser, who retired in January after serving Cobb for 35 years.
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