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As Sheriff Craig will:

  • Recruit and retain a diverse field of qualified officers and invest in training, programs, and technology to ensure they can enjoy a fulfilling career 

  • Eliminate the 287(g) program and divert the funds spent on 287(g) to community outreach programs

  • Treat detainees with dignity and help them return to society by providing drug counseling, educational opportunities, and basic parenting and life skills training

  • Collaborate with local law enforcement to ensure the safety of all Cobb resident by tackling gang and drug activities, combatting cybercrimes, and addressing financial fraud

  • Provide opportunities for authentic public engagement and transparency

  • Effectively and transparently manage the nearly $100M budget and 700-person staff

Why is Craig right for the position?

Craig is the only candidate in this election who brings more than 30 years of law enforcement and military experience, formal education and practical application, management experience, and budget expertise to the Cobb County Sheriff’s office. He began his law enforcement career as a patrolman, working his way up to major. Craig proudly served in the U.S. Army Reserve and helped lead mission-critical teams to fight the global war on terrorism. Craig is a proud husband, father, and longtime Cobb resident with deep community roots. ​

What are Craig’s long-term plans as sheriff? 

The long-term challenge is the public has lost confidence in the Cobb County sheriff’s office. The department’s inability to ensure the basic human rights of detainees at the county detention center is emblematic of much larger issues.

 

As sheriff, Craig will put forth immediate steps for our sheriff’s office to earn a Triple Crown rating, the gold standard for sheriffs’ offices nationwide – and a far cry from where we are today. Craig will implement a comprehensive evaluation of three key areas – budget, personnel, and programs.  

“It is a pleasure for me to introduce to you my friend Major Craig Owens. Craig was the precinct commander down in Mableton for many years and I got to know him there, and know what a fine police officer he is and I know what a fine sheriff he will be. I ask you to carefully consider the qualifications of all of the candidates in the Democratic Primary and when you do so, you'll find that Craig Owens is by far the most qualified. I'm for him and I hope that you'll  be for him too.”

— Former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes

“As Georgia State Representative of District 41, I have witnessed few people like Major Craig Owens who naturally possess passion and tenacity for making government work for the people he serves. The progress of Craig’s leadership as Major with the Cobb County Police Department is remarkable. We need Craig to bring that same tenacity and leadership to the Cobb County Sheriff Department as our next Sheriff.”

— Representative Michael Smith

“Craig is the leader we need as the next Sheriff for Cobb County. Our local cities such as The City of Austell, need a sheriff with compassion, vision and experienced leadership. Craig will help move Cobb county forward. I am supporting Craig Owens for Sheriff and I hope you will too!"

 Devon Myrick, Councilman Ward 2, City of Austell

"I am proud to support Craig Owens for Cobb County Sheriff.  Maj. Owens has been involved in the Cobb County community for years and has a strong commitment to education.  Maj. Owens will provide the necessary vision and leadership to address the concerns and needs of our local communities."

— Leroy Tre Hutchins, Candidate Cobb County School Board

Craig Owens

DEMOCRAT FOR COBB

COUNTY SHERIFF

P.O. Box 684062

Marietta, GA 30068

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