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Servant Leadership

I’m a husband, father, son, veteran, college graduate, and proud Cobb County resident and member at Word of Faith in Austell. Raised in Atlanta, Georgia my parents instilled in me a passion for service and a dedication to community.


I’m a leader in the Cobb County Police Department and spent more than 30 years serving our country in the U.S. Army, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve.  I’m running for Cobb County Sheriff to bring our county together and restore honor and integrity to the office.

Experienced Leadership

One of the first leadership lessons I learned is that leadership isn’t about flexing a title, it’s about putting people first. I’ve done that from the time I began my law enforcement career as a patrol officer, walking the neighborhood in my police uniform to introduce myself to neighbors and families. You can count on me to treat the Sheriff’s office as a priviledge with great responsibility.


As a Command Sergeant Major in the Army Reserve, the highest rank possible for an enlisted soldier, I led a division of 14,000 personnel across 34 states and managed a budget of $51 million. I carry with me daily the Army soldier’s creed even in my work as a Major in the Cobb County Police Department where I work with our dedicated officers to keep Cobb safe.

Disclaimer | Craig Owens is a retired Command Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army Reserves. Use of military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Army or the Department of Defense.

Visionary Leadership

My pledge to you is to use the Sheriff’s office to build bridges in the diverse communities that make up the county we all call home.


Together, with the honorable deputies and staff, we will work collaboratively with the county and other agencies to respond to requests faster, implement smart criminal justice reform measures, and make sure that the Cobb County Sheriff’s office is a model for the metro region and the state.


I’m also proud to announce Rhonda Anderson who will serve as my Chief Deputy. Together with our experiences and leadership, we are the winning team.


Masters of Public Administration, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA

Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice, Saint Leo University, Atlanta, GA

FBI National Academy, 225th Session, Quantico, VA

Emergency Management Institute, Atlanta, GA

Graduate Certificate Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University, Washington, DC

United States Army Sergeant Major Academy, Fort Bliss, TX

Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS

Local Government Management, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

National Defense University, Joint Forces Staff College, Washington, DC

Craig Owens:

The Ethical Choice for Sheriff

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