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Statement from Cobb County Police Department

(Aug. 30 - Marietta, Ga.)  Late Friday afternoon, Aug. 25, Police Chief Mike Register received information from a dashboard video recording of a Cobb County police officer making inappropriate racial comments during a routine traffic stop in July 2016. Once this information was received and the comments recorded on the video were confirmed, the officer was immediately placed on administrative duties, pending the outcome of the investigation.

“No matter what the context, statements like these are unacceptable and are not indicative of the type of culture we are trying to facilitate here in the police department, as well as within the county,” Chief Register said.

In addition, Chairman Mike Boyce said, “I have seen the video and obviously have great concerns. I find the comments on the video repugnant and offensive beyond measure. I have personally spoken with Mrs. Deane Bonner of the Cobb NAACP and Ben Williams, chairman of the Cobb chapter of the SCLC and expressed my deep disappointment about this behavior. I have been assured that we will take quick and decisive action."

For additional information regarding this press release, please contact Sgt. Dana Pierce, Cobb County Police Department PIO, at 770-499-3910.

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Announcing a Proposed Property Tax Increase

(Marietta Ga. – July 3) The Cobb County Board of Commissioners today announces its intention to increase the property taxes it will levy this year, over the rollback millage rate, by 10.20 percent in the County Maintenance & Operations (General) Fund.

Each year, the Board of Tax Assessors is required by Georgia law to review the assessed value for property tax purposes of taxable property in the county. When the trend of prices on properties that have recently sold in the county indicate there has been an increase or decrease in the fair market value of any specific property, the board of tax assessors is required by law to re-determine the value of such property and adjust the assessment. This is called a reassessment.

When the total digest of taxable property is prepared, Georgia law requires that a “rollback” millage rate must be computed according to specific instructions issued by the Georgia Department of Revenue. This hypothetical “rollback” millage rate would have produced the same total tax revenue on the current year’s digest that last year’s millage rate would have produced had no reassessments occurred.

The continued recovery of the Cobb real estate market is the primary reason for this modest growth in property values and this corresponding increase in the county’s property tax digest.

The fiscal year 2017 proposed millage is higher than the recently computed "rollback" millage rate. Therefore, before the Cobb County Board of Commissioners may set the final 2017 millage rates, Georgia law requires that three public hearings be held to allow the public an opportunity to express their opinions on the increase.

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners is proposing the property tax millage rate of the General Fund be set at 6.89; the Fire millage rate at 2.96; the Debt Service (Bond Fund) millage at 0.13; the Cumberland Special Services District II millage rate at 2.41, and the Six Flags Special Service District millage rate at 3.50. State law requires the county to advertise a “Tax Increase” in the press and on the county’s website.

All residents are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase to be held at the Board of Commissioners meeting room located at 100 Cherokee St., Marietta, on Monday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday, July 11, at 9 a.m. and on Tuesday, July 25 at 7 p.m.

The Board of Commissioners will adopt the 2017 Property Tax Millage Rates for its five tax districts (General, Fire, Debt Service, Cumberland Special Services District II, and Six Flags Special Services District) following the third public hearing at the BOC Meeting on Tuesday, July 25 at 7 p.m.

Cobb appoints and swears-in new chief of police

(Marietta Ga. – June 12) On the recommendation of County Manager Rob Hosack, the Cobb Board of Commissioners voted to appoint Michael Register as chief of police during today's meeting. He was sworn-in by Department of Public Safety Director Sam Heaton. Register was joined by his wife Keisha (pictured), his former deputy chiefs from Clayton County (pictured) and his new deputy chiefs from Cobb (not pictured).

"I'm very honored to return to Cobb County as the chief of police, and look forward to leading this great department into the future," Register said.

He has more than 30 years of operational and supervisory law enforcement experience. He most recently served as the chief of police for the Clayton County Police Department. He worked for Cobb's 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.

Register has also 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 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.

Register replaces Chief John Houser, who retired in January after serving Cobb County for 35 years.

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Review 2040 Comprehensive Plan final draft and provide your input at two public hearings

(Marietta Ga. – June 12) Community Development Agency staff has released the 2040 Comprehensive Plan final draft. After several months of public engagement and preparing the updated plan, staff will present the contents of the plan and request additional feedback from residents, business owners and property owners.

The plan is available for review at www.cobbcounty.org/comdev and the public is encouraged to make final suggestions, additions or revisions at two public hearings. Public comments will be heard directly after the presentation to the Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners.

  • 2040 Planning Commission zoning hearing
    9 a.m., July 6
    BOC Meeting Room, second floor, 100 Cherokee St. NW, Marietta
    Presented during zoning hearing, listed as “Other Business” on agenda
  • 2040 Comprehensive Plan final public hearing
    9 a.m., Aug. 8
    BOC Meeting Room, second floor, 100 Cherokee St. NW, Marietta
    Presented during regular BOC meeting

The 2040 Comprehensive Plan is a long-range, community designed growth strategy that will continue to make Cobb County an attractive place to invest, conduct business and raise a family. The current plan, adopted in 2007 with subsequent annual amendments, covers the time period between 2007 and 2030. This 10-year update will extend the current plan's growth outlook to 2040.

The plan is mandated by the state of Georgia and will help Cobb County guide and manage expected population and employment growth and coordinate major public investments in public safety, transportation, community facilities and other important elements. The plan is scheduled for submission to the Atlanta Regional Commission on Aug. 9. The ARC will ensure it meets minimum standards and procedures for local comprehensive planning.

If you have any questions or comments about the 2040 Comprehensive Plan, call 770-528-2018 or email comdevplanning@cobbcounty.org.

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Cobb Juvenile Court judge sworn-in as president of Council of Juvenile Court Judges

May 31 (Marietta, Ga.) -- Cobb County Juvenile Court Judge James R. Whitfield was recently sworn into office as the president of the Council of Juvenile Court Judges for the state of Georgia at a ceremony on May 8. Judge Whitfield’s term as president will begin June 1 and run thru May 31, 2018. Administering the oath of office was former council president, Judge J. Lane Bearden, Juvenile Court judge in the Cherokee Circuit.

“I am honored to serve as the new president of the Council of Juvenile Court Judges and look forward to working with this outstanding group of colleagues to address the needs of our juveniles statewide,” Whitfield said.

The ceremony was part of the spring conference for the Council for Juvenile Court Judges held at the King & Prince Resort in St. Simons, Ga. The Council of Juvenile Court Judges is composed of all judges of the courts exercising jurisdiction over juveniles, and is currently comprised of 148 judges throughout the state. Council staff provides support to juvenile courts through legal research services, legislative tracking and specialized programs to assist in protecting the best interests of children and the state.

Judge Whitfield has been a Juvenile Court judge in Cobb County since 2005 and was recently reappointed to another four-year term, running through 2020. Along with his experience as a juvenile judge, Judge Whitfield also brings his expertise serving on numerous statewide committees and councils involving juvenile justice, including the Governor’s Children Cabinet and the Supreme Court Committee on Justice for Children.



For more information, please contact Amanda Marshall at 770-528-8101 or amanda.marshall@cobbcounty.org.