Chief Deputy Rhonda Anderson is a proud Cobb County native and graduate of Marietta City Public Schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. She joined the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office in 1983 as its first Black female deputy. Over the course of her law enforcement career, she worked in the Adult Detention Center, Criminal Investigations, Field Operations, and the work release program.
As Chief Deputy, Anderson oversees the Adult Detention Center and the chaplain program.
Anderson is a mother of four, a grandmother of four, and is active in the Cobb County civic community. Every Sunday, you can find her at Turner Chapel A.M.E. in Marietta where she is a lifelong member and currently serves on the usher board and volunteer ministry.
Assistant Chief Michael Register brings extensive law enforcement and management experience to the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office. He oversees community engagement, uniform field operations, and internal affairs. Prior to joining the Sheriff’s Office, Register was the director of public safety for Cobb County, the chief of police for Cobb County, and the chief of police for Clayton County. Register was previously the chief operating officer for Quiet Professionals, LLC., in Tampa Florida where he handled the daily operations for that company and its subsidiaries. The company’s core business competencies are to support critical missions for Special Operations Command and various intelligence agencies. He is a past member of the Georgia POST Council, the Judicial Qualification Commission, and served on the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces’ Executive Board and various other law enforcement-related organizations. Assistant Chief Register is pursuing a doctorate in Strategic Leadership, has a Masters degree in Public Administration, and is a graduate of the FBI’s National Executive Institute. He served his country for 23-years in US Army Special Operations, including combat operations in Afghanistan.
Major Braxton Cotton is the chief of staff, synchronizing executive operations at the Sheriff’s Office. Prior to joining the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, he was the director of reentry services for the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, where he was responsible for the development, implementation, and performance of all reentry, parole and pardon policies and procedures for the State of Georgia Parole Board. Cotton was appointed by then-Governor Nathan Deal to the State Board of Board of Pardons and Paroles as a board member then became the board’s vice chair before his deployment to Iraq in 2018. Prior to that, Braxton had executive roles in state government as the executive director of both the Governor’s Office of Transition, Support and Reentry and the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. From 2012 to 2018, he spearheaded the implementation of Criminal Justice Reform in Georgia, reduced prison populations, chaired the Georgia Victims Compensation Board. He has been a police officer, deputy sheriff and a Georgia State Trooper. Since 2000, he has held various roles in the United States Army in the Infantry, Psychological Operations, Logistics and Military Intelligence. He is an active reservist and holds numerous awards and recognition over his 21 years in the Armed Forces. Braxton earned an Masters in Public Safety Administration from Columbus State University, a Bachelors in Criminal Justice from St. Leo University, and an AA in Criminal Justice from Georgia Military College.
Major Larry White serves as the adjutant to Sheriff Owens, overseeing special projects and initiatives at the direction of the sheriff. Prior to joining the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, Major White spent 22 years with the Cobb County Police Department.
During his tenure there, Major White operated in several different capacities including Uniform Patrol, Homicide Detective, Field Training Officer, Property Crimes Detective Supervisor, Rangers Unit, and Community Affairs Supervisor. Additionally, he was a member of the Cobb County Police Athletic League for eight years.
Major White is a proud graduate of Georgia Southern University where he earned a Bachelor of
Science Degree in Political Science.