About the Cobb County Sheriff's Office
The first sheriff of Cobb County (Georgia) 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.
Cobb County Sheriff’s office is organized into four divisions: Executive Office; Administrative; Operations; and Detention.
The Detention Division operates the detention facilities maintained by the Cobb County Sheriff's
Office. There are currently three facilities: the Jail, the Prison Unit and the Work Release Center. The
Jail is primarily a pretrial detention facility and is the largest inmate holding facility operated under the auspices of
the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office. The Jail encompasses approximately 11 acres under roof and has a total bed capacity
of 1979. In 2003, approximately 39,000 adult offenders (17 years of age and older as mandated by state law) were processed
through this facility. The average daily inmate population during 2003 was approximately 2030
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.
The Fugitive Section of the Cobb County Sheriff’s
Office 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 2002, 1,950 new cases were received and investigated,
with some 1128 offenders apprehended. 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.