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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Cobb BOC appoints Rob Hosack as interim county manager

Marietta, Ga. — (April 25) The Cobb County Board of Commissioners appointed Rob Hosack as interim county manager at its Tuesday evening meeting. He will be responsible for the supervision of all county affairs and implementation of policies established by the BOC. He will replace David Hankerson, who is retiring after more than 24 years as county manager.

Hosack previously worked for Cobb County Government for more than 29 years. He joined the county in 1986 as a planner in the Planning and Zoning Division. He also served as a senior planner, coordinator for intergovernmental relations and planning division manager. Rising through the ranks, Hosack was appointed as director of the Community Development Agency and served in this role for 15 years. In this capacity, he prepared the county’s first comprehensive development standards document, implemented administrative variances to assist with environmental compliance initiatives, administered the one-stop development review process, created the region’s first inventory of redevelopment sites and prepared the county’s Redevelopment Overlay District. Hosack was also the lead county representative in the creation of the Town Center Community Improvement District.

Hosack is a nationally-certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners and a certified public manager from the University of Georgia, through the EXCEL class of 1991. He is also a graduate of Leadership Cobb. Hosack has earned many honors and awards, including being named “Outstanding Young Public Servant of the Year” in 1992 by the South Cobb Jaycees, the 1999 “Golden Goose” award presented by the Board of Commissioners and county manager for excellence in management, the 2001 “Silver Eagle” award presented by the Cobb County management team for performing his job in a consistently superb manner and the 2002 “Executive of the Year” award from Cobb County’s Executive Support Professionals organization. Hosack was also selected for the Cobb Chamber Honorary Commanders Program in 2001.

During a brief retirement from Cobb County, he operated a small management and development consulting business, assisting both private sector and government clients. Hosack currently serves on the Kennesaw State University advisory board for the Master of Public Administration program. In January, he also began serving a four-year term as district supervisor with the Cobb County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission.

Hosack earned a Bachelor of Science degree in planning from Western Carolina University and began his career as a community planner for the State of Tennessee. He and his wife Coleen live in northeast Cobb and have three children.


Covering Your Bases at SunTrust Park for Opening Weekend

  • All Braves parking for opening weekend must be bought in advance of the game. No on-site payment is accepted for Friday and Saturday. The Braves have several lots that surround the ballpark, and buying your parking in advance will secure your spot and help you get customized directions right to your lot. You can visit to get your spot today.
  • The Battery Atlanta is open for business, both for game days and non-game days. If you’re planning to visit the retail and shops there, like Antico Pizza and YardHouse, you can park at the Red Deck. On non-game days, parking is free for up to four hours. After 2 p.m. on game days, parking is free for two hours before fees begin, with a maximum fee of $50. If you spend a minimum of $50 in The Battery Atlanta, you can receive validation for your parking.
  • Some parking lots will open earlier for Opening Day to help celebrate the opening of SunTrust Park. You can visit to learn more. Check your specific parking lot for operation times.
  • If you’re traveling to the game, build some time into your commute, be patient and trust Waze to get you directly to your parking lot. The Braves have partnered with Waze, which will be receiving real-time updates on traffic to help you navigate to the game.
The Cobb County Chamber of Commerce has launched to help fans, residents and employees in the area get ready for the new ballpark. It is full of great tips on how to get to the game, as well as how to prepare your business for the upcoming season.

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CobbDOT: Expect heavier traffic on I-75 and Cobb Parkway and secondary roads

(Marietta, GA – March 31, 2017) Cobb County Government officials and Cobb County Department of Transportation are on standby to assist Georgia DOT and Fulton County DOT as our neighboring county deals with the after effects of the fire and collapse of a portion of I-85.

“We are thankful that no one was hurt and we are working with Georgia DOT and all parties involved to move traffic as quickly as possible through our main and secondary roads,” said Cobb DOT Director Jim Wilgus. “Our traffic management center is monitoring the situation closely and staff is ready to assist as necessary.”

CobbLinc, Cobb’s transit system, has additional buses and staff in the Midtown area and are ready to offer additional trips as needed.

I-75 will be getting more drivers that have been rerouted from I-85, I-285 and GA 400. Motorist are advised to expect heavier than usual traffic in both directions on I-75 and allow extra time for travel. The heavier volume will likely results in unexpected delays on US41/Cobb Parkway and secondary roads. A portion of I85 collapse due to a massive fire and a portion of that highway is closed in both directions for an undetermined amount of time until repairs can be made. Governor Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency in Fulton County as the closure of I-85 will have a ripple effect on metro Atlanta commuters.

Today is the first day of spring break for Cobb County schools and most of metro Atlanta schools. Transportation officials are advising travelers to plan ahead to avoid additional gridlock.

SunTrust Park will be hosting its first exhibition game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Cobb DOT will proceed with its SunTrust traffic management plan and will make adjustment as needed.

Cobb motorists are encouraged to use to navigate and look for alternate routes to avoid heavy traffic. Plan ahead and prepare to be patient; adjust your travel time to avoid peak traffic. Please carpool if at all possible and plan your day to minimize trips.

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For additional information contact:

Sheri Kell

Cobb County received $81,000 grant for Dobbins Joint Land Use Study implementation

(Marietta, GA – March 27, 2017) The United States Department of Defense awarded $81,000 for Joint Land Use Study implementation.

In 2015, the Dobbins Air Reserve Base (DARB) Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) began as a cooperative planning effort conducted as a joint venture to foster ongoing communications between local government and DARB.The United States Department of Defense (DOD) - Office of Economic Advancement (OEA) awarded a $90,000 grant Cobb County and its JLUS partners to begin implementation of key action items from the JLUS. The grant requires a ten percent local match, in which Cobb County contributes $9,000.00 and OEA contributes $81,000.000. Matrix Design Group, a planning consulting firm specializing in military/civilian land use compatibility, has been awarded the contract to perform the work associated with the latest grant from OEA.

This project will develop three action items from the original DARB JLUS:

1.      Development of a 3-dimensional interface for an imagery model of the area’s terrain, used to plan clear zones and potential accident zones

2.      A study light pollution effecting nighttime vision training while maintaining a public standard for outdoor lighting for public safety

3.      Development of a community outreach program to educate and enlighten current and potential area residences regarding the standard of living around Dobbins ARB

The JLUS’s goal is to reduce potential conflicts between a military installation and surrounding areas while accommodating new growth and economic development, sustaining economic vitality, and protecting the general public's health and safety, without compromising the operational missions of the installation. Previous JLUS’s in other areas of the country have proven to be effective through the successful implementation of actions, collaboration and civilian participation and understanding.