Operations


Colonel Don Hunton, Division Commander

Colonel Don Hunton joined the Cobb County Sheriff's Office in January of 1981. Prior to that date he served four years in the U.S. Air Force and performed duties as a Military Policeman. Colonel Hunton is a native of Cobb County and graduated from Marietta High School in 1976. He has worked in all divisions within the Sheriff's Office including serving as the SWAT Commander and the Commander of the Mounted Patrol. He has worked his way through the ranks to his current position as the Assistant Chief Deputy. In addition to several professional certifications, Colonel Hunton has an Associate Degree from Columbia Southern University in Criminal Justice.


Lt. Colonel Robert Lee Willard, Assistant Division Commander

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Willard has been serving the citizens of Cobb County since 1989 as an employee of the Sheriff's Office. He is a Cobb County native, who attended Kennesaw State University, completed Cobb County Management Development Program (EXCEL) and is a graduate of the Leadership Cobb Program. As a deputy Willard worked in the Detention Division, the Marietta/Cobb/Smyrna Narcotics Task Force, and the Field Operations Division. While serving in the Field Operations Division, he achieved the rank of Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Major. From 2007 - 2009 he was a Watch Commander in the Detention Division. In 2009 he returned to Marietta/Cobb/Smyrna Narcotics Task Force as Unit Commander for the next 4 ˝ years. In conjunction with his other duties from 1995-2002, he also held a position on the Sheriff's Office Tactical Operations Unit (SWAT), as a counter-sniper. In June of 2013 Willard was appointed to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and currently serves as the Assistant Division Commander of Field Operations Division and the Commander of the SWAT team.





The Operations Division is composed of several sections, these are:


  • Warrant Section
  • Civil Section
  • Fugitive
  • Forgery
  • Juvenile Apprehension
  • Domestic Violence Section
  • Communications
  • Court Security
  • Transport Section
  • MCS Narcotics Unit
  • Tactical Operations
  • Warrant Section  

    The service of Criminal Warrants is one the most challenging and hazardous duties in law enforcement today since the offender in typically aware that charges are pending and jail in his next destination. The primary responsibility of the Warrant Section is the processing and execution of criminal arrest warrants, civil processes and mental health transports. Additional duties often include funeral escorts, inmate compassionate visits and assisting other law enforcement agencies in and around Cobb County.

    In an average year, the Cobb County Sheriff'’s Office Warrant Section receives over 28,000 criminal warrants. When a criminal warrant is received in the Warrant Section an immediate process begins towards the execution of the warrant. This process includes recording the warrant in the SheriffÂ’s Office computer data base, identifying the suspect, checking the criminal history of the suspect and placing the wanted person on the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database. Once this process has been completed by civilian personnel, the warrant is forwarded to uniform deputies or to the Fugitive Section where attempts are made to locate and apprehend the wanted person.



    A typical day for a warrant deputy includes pursuing leads, gathering information, searching houses or businesses, and ultimately affecting the arrest of wanted individuals. Often volatile and unpredictable situations develop resulting in the individual trying to resist or escape. It is not uncommon for warrant deputies to have to travel throughout the State and sometimes to neighboring states to pick up individuals who are wanted by Cobb County.

    This section also works closely with local Mental Health Care facilities and the courts in locating, apprehending and safely transporting mentally ill or drug/alcohol dependant persons, determined by the Probate Court or a Doctor to be in need of treatment, to emergency receiving facilities throughout the state for treatment. These individuals are sometimes unpredictable and situations can become violent and potentially dangerous very quickly.

    These uniform deputies also enforce Georgia traffic laws by issuing traffic citations and making arrests when necessary.

    Sheriff's Sex Offender Registry

    Civil Section  

    The Civil Section is tasked with the responsibility of preparing and serving civil processes received from the Courts of Cobb County, as well as other jurisdictions. In addition to process service, this section executes court orders that include the completion of Evictions, Writs of Possession and the collection of other judgments issued by the courts.

    Sheriff's Fee Schedule
    Civil FAQ
    Sheriff and Marshal Sales
    Fieri Facias Information Sheet
    Eviction Services

    Fugitive Section  

    This section is staffed by plain clothed investigators whose primary job is to apprehend known fugitives who attempt to hide in and around Cobb County. Additionally, these investigators work closely with law enforcement agencies throughout the country to locate and apprehend fugitives wanted on Cobb County charges.

    In addition to its local efforts, members of the fugitive section work with a multi-jurisdictional task force to apprehend fugitives throughout the metro Atlanta area. This effort in coordinated under the jurisdiction of the United States Marshals Service.

    Most Wanted

    Forgery/Fraud Section  

    The Forgery/Fraud Section is charged with the responsibility of investigating “white collar” crimes. Such offenses include, but are not limited to, forgery, fraud, identity theft, embezzlement and felony bad checks. Due to the technical complexity of these offenses, the investigators must be highly trained and experienced. Suspected forgery, fraud or identity thefts can be reported by calling 770-499-4752.

    Identity Theft Brochure
    Bad Checks

    Domestic Violence Section  

    Created in 1997 through a federal grant, this section focuses its efforts on the service of domestic violence warrants and temporary protective orders. Domestic violence incidents, unfortunately, have been increasing at an alarming rate. These offenses are very volatile and dangerous both for the individuals involved and for the law enforcement officers who intervene. Domestic Violence Investigators are specially trained to deal with the situation they encounter and to provide assistance to the victims of these offenses.

    For further information on domestic violence and how the courts can assist victims call 770-499-4677. Read More...

    Communications  

    The Communication Section falls under the supervision of the Field Operations Unit. It is the lifeline of sworn SheriffÂ’s Office personnel. The Communication Room is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Radio operator is the primary communication link between the main Operations office and the deputies in the field. He/she has the capability to monitor and communicate with other county and municipal agencies. This is a valuable asset when trying to coordinate assistance and the delivery of critical services with other agencies in the area.

    In addition to the normal communications duties, the dispatcher is responsible for monitoring the NCIC computer link, checking vehicle registrations and assisting deputies in identifying wanted persons. The operator is also responsible for entering, modifying and removing information from the National Crime Information System.

    Court Security  

    By Georgia Statute (O.C.G.A. 15-16-10 (a)(2) the Sheriff is responsible for the security of the Cobb County Court Facilities. SheriffÂ’s Deputies, Security Control Technicians, and Bailiffs assigned to the Court Services Section of the Cobb County SheriffÂ’s Office insure the security of the Cobb County Court Facilities twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Read More...

    Transport Section  

    The Transport Section is responsible for the safe and secure transportation of inmates incarcerated in the Cobb County detention facilities. Typical destinations include the county courts, medical facilities and other detention and correctional facilities throughout the county and state.Read More...

    Juvenile Apprehension Section  

    The Sheriffs Office has a section dedicated to locating and detaining runaways and juvenile fugitives. Apprehending these youthful offenders is a high priority, not only due to the offense involved but also because of the danger they face as possible victims of adult offenders.

    MCS Narcotics Unit  

    The Marietta/Cobb/Smyrna (MCS) Narcotics & Intelligence Unit is a multi-jurisdictional task force formed in 1980 and commanded by a Major from the Cobb County SheriffÂ’s Office, with a primary mission of drug interdiction within Cobb County. Initially, the unit was comprised of personnel from the Cobb County SheriffÂ’s Office, Marietta Police Department, Cobb County Police Department, Smyrna Police Department and the Cobb County District AttorneyÂ’s Office to bring the necessary manpower and resources together in a cooperative effort to bring drug dealers before the criminal justice system.

    In 2001, the Unit added personnel from the Acworth Police Department, Kennesaw Police Department and the Georgia National Guard. The agencies work together in a cumulative effort to stem the flow of illegal substances, organized crime and vice crimes within our community. Read More...

    Tactical Operations  

    The Cobb County Sheriff's Office Tactical Operations Unit is a specialized, highly trained team of deputies prepared for deployment in situations that require the use of special tactics and equipment. Typical situations in which this unit is deployed include hostages or barricaded suspects, high-risk warrant service, security for high-risk court trials, dignitary protection, detention facility disorders, drug related search warrants, high-risk prisoner transports and a variety of other scenarios that are outside the realm of normal law enforcement capabilities. Read More... .

    Canine (K9) Team  

    The Sheriff'’s Office maintains canines of various disciplines including narcotics detection, explosives detection and tracking. The canines are utilized by specially trained and certified handlers under the command of the Tactical Team Commander. Read More... .

    Mounted Patrol  

    In 1998, a handful of dedicated deputies who shared a love of horses, volunteered their time, horses and expertise to organize the Mounted Patrol Unit. This Unit has grown to ten members and each has attended rigorous State certification training courses. In addition, each member and their horse receive in excess of 100 training hours each year.

    The Mounted Patrol Unit assists in searches for lost persons, searches for wanted suspects or escaped prisoners, works crowd control details, and makes numerous personal appearances each year. Read More...


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  • Contact Information 
    Lieutenant Colonel Hunton
    Assistant Division Commander Operationsr
    Cobb County Sheriff's Office
    185 Roswell Street
    Marietta, GA 30090

    Telephone: (770) 499-4318
    Email:donald.hunton@CobbCounty.org

    "Leadership Through Service"
    Updated: 13-Aug-2013