Administrative Services is staffed by a complement of sworn officers and civilian employees. The division is responsible for a broad number of support functions that are integral to every division within the agency. The Administrative Services Division is comprised of the following sections:
- Bonding Administration
- Inspectional Services
- Legal Services
- North Central Georgia Law Enforcement Academy
- Human Resources
- Planning and Research
- Policy Development
- Technical Services
The Accounting Section handles all primary financial services for the Agency. In addition to the routing, receipting, and disbursement of funds related to Sheriff’s Office operations, the Accounting Section receipts and processes child support payments in all cases where the Courts have determined that the supporting parent is subject to immediate arrest if payment is not made. The Accounting Section also handles all procurement processes for the agency and is integrally involved in the bi-annual budgeting process.
The Sheriff’s Office employs an accountant whose primary responsibility is to conduct routine audits of all financial accounts and agency operations. This internal audit function helps to insure that all operations are conducted effectively and efficiently. These audits provide agency managers with the information needed to assess current operations and implement new programs.
Bond Administration is the section that approves and monitors bonding companies writing bonds at the Cobb County Adult Detention Facilities. This section also process all bonding paperwork for everyone released from custody. A list of these bonding companies is provided on this web site.
This section is also responsible for the issuance of raffle permits. By Georgia law (O.C.G.A. 16-12-22.1), anyone conducting a raffle must first obtain a license issued by the sheriff of the county.
The Equipment Section operates under the direction of the office business manager. This section is responsible for maintaining and issuing all clothing, equipment and supplies utilized by the agency.
The Human Resources Section processes all paperwork involving Sheriff’s Office employees. This unit deals with issues such as processing new-hire paperwork, leave, medical issues, disciplinary actions, workers compensation, benefits, reassignments and transfers, separation from service, etc. These individuals also act as liaison to the County Human Resources Department.
Inspectional Services is responsible for Internal Affairs, Inspections, Pre-Employment Investigations and Training.
The section coordinates all legal action involving the agency and provides legal advice related to policy development, training and agency operations.
North Central Georgia Law Enforcement Academy
Cobb County sponsors a regional training academy which services the law enforcement training needs for a number of surrounding counties. The Academy is governed by an Advisory Board made up of officials from the agencies served and is organized under the Sheriff’s Office for administrative purposes.
Planning and Research
The Planning Section is staffed by a full-time law enforcement planner who maintains all statistical data related to agency operations and uses that data to project future trends. The planner manages all agency contracts and develops specification documents for the acquisition of all new goods or services. The planner is also the point person for overseeing all new projects implemented within the Sheriff’s Office.
Administrative Services is responsible for developing and updating Sheriff’s Office policy and procedures. This section is currently working on a total re-write of agency policy to comply with state and national standards for accreditation. Policies and procedures are currently available to all employees in an electronic format on the Sheriff’s Office intranet.