Chief Stuart VanHoozer
Chief VanHoozer began his law enforcement career with the Cobb County Police Department in February of 1990 as a uniform patrol officer at Precinct Three. He has since served in various capacities to include Field Training Officer, Patrol sergeant and lieutenant, Narcotics sergeant and lieutenant, Internal Affairs lieutenant and commander, Adjutant to the Chief of Police, Executive Officer to the Director of Public Safety, and commander of precincts 5, 3, and 2. Chief VanHoozer earned a Bachelor of Science in Public and Social Services/Criminal Justice from Kennesaw State University in 1998. He is also a graduate of the 233rd session of the FBI National Academy. Stuart VanHoozer was appointed Chief of Police by the Cobb County Board of Commissioners on May 10, 2022.
Deputy Chief Ben Cohen
Deputy Chief Cohen started his career with the Cobb County Police Department, after serving in the U.S. Marines, in 1998. Throughout his career, he has served in Uniform Patrol at every level. He has also worked as an officer and supervisor in the gang unit, Special Operations, SWAT and the Organized Crime Unit. As a captain, Major Cohen has worked as an assistant precinct commander at precincts 3 and 4, he was assigned to the Chief’s office as the Chief of Staff and the Academy Director of Training. In 2022, he was promoted to Deputy Chief and now oversees the Uniformed Division. Deputy Chief Cohen earned a Bachelor of Arts from Reinhardt University in Organizational Management and Leadership, a Masters of Public Administration also from Reinhardt University and is currently completing a Masters of Homeland Security Studies from the Naval Post Graduate School.
Deputy Chief Dan Ferrell
Deputy Chief Ferrell began his law enforcement career with Cobb County Police Department in June of 1996 as a uniform patrol officer assigned to Precinct Three. Throughout his career he has served in Uniform Patrol, Special Operations/TAC Team, Training/Range Master, and Crimes Against Persons. As a Captain, Deputy Chief Ferrell was assigned as the Executive Officer to the Director of Public Safety. In March of 2018 he was promoted to Major and assigned as the Division Commander for Special Investigations until his promotion to Deputy Chief in June of 2022. Deputy Chief Ferrell studied Criminal Justice at Columbia Southern University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session #272. He continued his education in executive management at Northwestern University, graduating from the School of Police Staff and Command in December of 2019.
Deputy Chief Stephen Kucynda
Deputy Chief Kucynda has been employed with the Cobb County Police Department for over 26 years, starting as a uniform patrol officer at Precinct Three in 1996. During his career he has served as a Field Training Officer, FTO & Advanced Training Coordinator, Uniform Patrol sergeant and lieutenant, Crimes Against Persons sergeant and lieutenant, Internal Affairs lieutenant, Captain over Crimes Against Persons, Special Victims, and MCS/Intelligence. As a Major he was the commander over Precinct Five and Support & Administration. In addition, he is a board member for Blue Thanksgiving Inc., which is dedicated to promoting and providing support to law enforcement agencies and their officers. Deputy Chief Kucynda earned a Bachelor of Science from Northeast Missouri State University in Justice Systems.