Colonel Temetris Atkins is a law enforcement professional with more than 30 years of faithful service to the Cobb County community.
After completing East Atlanta High School, he enrolled in the University of West Georgia where he attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Upon graduation, Atkins joined the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff in 1988.
In 1990, Colonel Atkins joined the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy sheriff. During his tenure with the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, he has proven to be a valuable employee and has been assigned to multiple divisions throughout the Sheriff Office to include the Adult Detention Center, Courts, Uniform Field Operations, and MCS (Marietta-Cobb-Smyrna undercover Narcotics Unit).
Colonel Atkins was the first African American supervisor within the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office when he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1994. He has been promoted to every rank within the Sheriff’s Office starting from sergeant, to lieutenant, to major, to lieutenant colonel, to being most recently appointed to colonel and division commander of the Cobb County Adult Detention Facility by Sheriff Craig D. Owens.
Atkins is married to Kimberly Atkins his wife of over 19 years and has 3 children and resides in Decatur Georgia. He enjoys spending time with his family and is an avid movie watcher.
Lieutenant Colonel Dewayne Morris began his law enforcement career at the Powder Springs Police Department and then went on to join the Cobb County Police Department achieving the rank of sergeant.
He has previously worked as an explosives expert for the Georgia Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. Morris has also been a peace officer for the Cobb County Board of Education.
Lieutenant Colonel Dewayne Morris joined Sheriff Owens’ administration and oversees a number of administrative functions.
Colonel Ryan Mehling has been employed with the Sheriff’s Office since 2000. As a deputy, Mehling worked in the Detention Division, Domestic Violence Unit, Forgery Unit, Transport Unit, and Uniform Field Operations. While working Forgery, Mehling was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2007 and subsequently promoted to the rank of lieutenant in 2013, and major in 2016. He has also served in the Criminal Investigations Unit and in Internal Affairs. In September of 2019, Mehling was appointed to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and served as the assistant division commander of the Uniform Field Operations Division. In April of 2022, he was appointed to the rank of Colonel and oversees the Uniform Field Operation Division.
Commander Mehling graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2000 where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He is married with one child and attends St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Marietta.