Director Michael J. Register has approximately 30 years of law enforcement related experience. Prior to becoming Director, Register served as Chief of Police for the Cobb County Police Department and Clayton County Police Department.
Before his tenure of Chief with Clayton County, Director Register managed an operational, intelligence and law enforcement centric program at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. The program was responsible for locating and identifying individuals, as well as criminal and terrorist organizations globally that facilitated, funded or used improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to threaten the security and stability of the United States and its partners. He has assisted in advising U.S. government, partner nation military units, and law enforcement organizations, such as the Canadian military and the New York Police Department in counter-IED and terrorism related subjects.
Director Register also retired from the Cobb County Police Department as a Lieutenant in 2005 where he had been instrumental in development of the departments Georgia P.O.S.T mandated Police Academy, and also worked in the department's Special Operations Unit to include stints on SWAT, the Crime Suppression Unit and the Tactical Team. Director Register also served 22 years in the U.S. Army Special Operations community, where he was a member of the 11th and 20th Special Forces Group and deployed to numerous countries, to include combat operations in Afghanistan, where he served on a Special Forces mobile recon element.
Director Register holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University and is also a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College, where he is currently an adjunct instructor. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Director Register is currently seeking a Doctorate in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in Terrorism and Conflict Analysis and Resolution. He has attended Northwestern University’s prestigious Command and Staff program for Law Enforcement executives, and also serves as a member of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Executive Board, the GACP Legislative Committee as Co-Chair, and also is a Safe America Board member. He is a certified Georgia P.O.S.T Instructor with specialized instructor certificates in Defensive Tactics, Emergency Medical, Firearms and Driver Training. Chief Register is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Georgia Chiefs Association.
The mission of the Department of Public Safety for Cobb County is to provide Law Enforcement Services, Fire & Emergency Services, Enhanced 911 Services, Animal Control Services, Emergency Management Services, and Safety Education Programs in a professional, efficient, and cost effective manner to both citizens and visitors of Cobb County. Ingrained in that philosophy of services is a commitment to teamwork and excellence combined with a responsive, problem-solving philosophy that fosters daily interaction with the citizens we serve in a compassionate, positive manner that encourages public involvement and leads to public confidence in the county’s Public Safety Departments.