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New Cobb County Sheriff Aims To Make Sheriff’s Office The Best In the Nation

Cobb County voters made history back in November, electing the county’s very first Black sheriff. Sheriff Craig Owens Sr. joins “Closer Look” to discuss his plans for his first 100 days in office and why he wants to end the 287(g) program in Cobb County.
Cobb County voters made history back in November, electing the county’s very first Black sheriff. Sheriff Craig Owens Sr. joins “Closer Look” to discuss his plans for his first 100 days in office and why he wants to end the 287(g) program in Cobb County.
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The new sheriff of Cobb County says the office will operate in truth, trust and transparency.

“I will be out front when we do right, and when we do wrong,” said  Sheriff Craig Owens on Friday’s edition of “Closer Look.”

Sheriff Owens, the first Black sheriff of Cobb County, was sworn-in just days before the new year. The retired army veteran, who formerly worked for the Cobb County Police Department, defeated longtime Sheriff Neil Warren in November.

Owens says his military and law enforcement background firmly prepared him to take on his newest professional challenge of rebuilding trust between Cobb County residents and the sheriff’s department.

“I think our citizens had lost trust in the sheriff’s office and I just felt it was the right time—and again, if not me, why not me,” said Owens.

During Owens’ conversation with show host Rose Scott, he laid out his plans to make the sheriff’s office in Cobb County the best in the state and the nation through adequate training, discipline and professionalism.

Owens also shared his plans for his first 100 days in office, which includes several new organizational changes, responding to COVID-19, addressing detainee health care at the detention center and the termination of the 287(g) program in the county.

Guest:

Cobb County Sheriff Craig Owens Sr.

To listen to the full conversation, click the audio player above.