The information below is believed to be accurate and has been gleened from various resources.
he first sheriff was Tandy Martin. Martin served as the first sheriff of Cobb county in 1833. Martin was elected by the first recorded vote of Cobb County. The entire population cast their vote at the residence of John Pace. In contrast, today there are 179 polls used by the citizens of Cobb.
George Baber was sheriff in 1834. The act of the state legislature appointed, essentially, a special election to fill the constitutional offices until the regularly scheduled election of county officers for the state. Martin, the initial sheriff, served only for the first year. Baber became the first sheriff of Cobb County to serve the full term for the office.
Daniel May became sheriff in 1836.
Samuel N. Maloney became sheriff in 1838.
Joseph Chastain became sheriff in 1840.
Samuel N. Maloney once again occupied the office of the sheriff in 1842.
Joseph Chastain became the sheriff in 1844. This was the first instance of such a contest in Cobb’s politics. Chastain and Maloney switched back and forth on being sheriff. It would later be duplicated by other individuals vying for office of the sheriff.
John S. Anderson became sheriff in 1846.
M.W. Green became sheriff in 1848.
John S. Anderson became sheriff in 1850.
James B. Blackwell became sheriff in 1852.
John Anderson, once again, became sheriff in 1854.
J.B. Blackwell gained the office of sheriff, a second time, for the term of 1856 through 1858.
John Anderson, for the fourth time, became sheriff in 1858.
James F. McCleskey became sheriff in 1860.
J.F. Robertson became sheriff in 1862.
Jesse Oslin was sheriff in 1864.
A.F. Johnson was sheriff in 1866.
A.A. Baldwin was sheriff in 1868.
William P. Stephens served as sheriff for five terms. Stephen’s tenure began in 1871 and lasted through 1881.
Alex T. Caryell was sheriff in 1881 and served through 1887. Caryell won four consecutive elections for office of the sheriff.
Peter O. McLain served as sheriff from 1889 through 1893 winning three consecutive elections for the office.
T.J. Davenport was sheriff in 1895.
A.A. Bishop was sheriff in 1896.
T.J. Davenport was sheriff in 1898.
A.A. Bishop became sheriff in May of 1899 to complete the term of office through 1900.
D.D. Dunn became sheriff in 1900.
W.J. Frey served as sheriff for three terms from 1902 through 1908.
William McKinney served as sheriff from 1909.
J.H. Kincaid served from 1910 until 1912.
R.S. Lindley served from 1912 until 1914.
W.E. Swanson was elected as sheriff in 1914, 1916, and 1920. In 1920, the State of Georgia expanded the terms of the office for Sheriff from two years to four years.
Thomas M. Sanders served from 1925 through 1932. Sander’s terms represented two four year terms. Prior to becoming sheriff, in 1920 Sanders was a deputy sheriff, under Sheriff Swanson.
E.M. Legg was sheriff from 1933 through 1938. Legg’s terms would have had him as acting sheriff until 1940. However, Legg passed away in 1938 after being stricken with pneumonia.
George H. McMillan served as sheriff from 1938 through 1940 completing the unexpired term of sheriff left by Legg’s death.
J.F. Hicks became sheriff in 1941 but died in May of 1944. Hicks was commonly referred to as “Babe.” It had been reported that Hicks was sick with influenza prior to the election of 1944 and could not leave his “sickroom.”
Martin D. Gable, called Dewey, was installed as sheriff on May 5, 1944 to complete the unexpired term of Hicks.
Thomas M. Sanders was elected sheriff again and took office in 1945. Sanders’ term would end in 1948, however, Sanders died in 1946 of a heart-attack. Sanders had been sheriff for two consecutive terms from 1925 through 1932. He also had served as a deputy sheriff.
Harry R. Scoggins in 1946 filled the unexpired term of Sanders. Scoggins remained sheriff through 1956 winning two elections for the office.
Kermit C. Sanders became sheriff in 1957 and served an illustrious 20 years until 1976.
Bill M. Hutson was first elected as sheriff in 1976. Hutson marks the forty-first sheriff of Cobb County. Hutson has served succeeding terms since this time. It marks the longest service record for sheriff in Cobb’s history. W.P. Stephens was successful in five bids for sheriff. The tenure for sheriff was only two years during the time of Stephens. Hutson has led seven successful bids for sheriff spanning some 27 years through December 31, 2003.
Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren was a law enforcement professional for over forty years. Fulfilling the unexpired term of longtime Sheriff Bill Hutson, Warren was sworn in as the 42nd Sheriff of Cobb County January 1, 2004. He was employed with the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office since 1977. Sheriff Warren worked his way through the ranks of the Sheriff’s Office starting as a Sheriff’s Deputy. He was promoted to ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain. Sheriff Warren was appointed as Chief Investigator in 1984 and to the position of Chief Deputy Sheriff in June of 1994 where he served until taking over the Office of Sheriff. He remained sheriff until December 31, 2020.
Sheriff Craig Owens is a law enforcement professional with more than 30 years of service to his local community and the United States military.
Following family tradition, he enlisted in the Army upon graduating high school. After four years in the military, he joined the Cobb County Police Department and transitioned his military service to the Army Reserves, with a stint in the Army National Guard. He retired from the Army Reserves in the summer of 2020, achieving the rank of command sergeant major.
In 2020, at the urging of community leaders, Owens filed paperwork to run for Cobb County Sheriff. A political newcomer, he was able to build bipartisan support by running on a platform of restoring trust to the sheriff’s office. On November 5, 2020, the voters of Cobb County overwhelmingly elected Owens as their new sheriff.