About a month after Cobb Police Chief Michael Register became the county’s public safety director, his potential successor has been named.

On the agenda for Tuesday night’s Cobb commissioner meeting is County Manager Rob Hosack’s recommendation to appoint Interim Chief Tim Cox as the police chief, which would take effect Tuesday if commissioners approve the matter.

Cox has been interim police chief since April upon Register’s appointment as public safety director. It is the second time Cox has served as the agency’s temporary head, as he had also served as interim chief following the January 2017 retirement of then-Chief John Houser and until Register was named chief in June of that year.

“After discussions with Director Register and Interim Chief Cox, I recommend that Mr. Cox is the best suited candidate to lead the Cobb County Police Department and do not recommend continuing any further with a selection process for this position,” Hosack wrote in a May 16 memo to Chairman Mike Boyce.

A resident of Cobb for more than 50 years, Cox graduated from Marietta Christian High School in 1981 and attended Kennesaw College, now known as Kennesaw State University.

He began his career with Cobb County Police in 1985. In May 2013, he was promoted to the rank of deputy chief of police and assigned to the Support Operations Division. Prior to becoming deputy chief, Cox served as a commander of Precinct 4, Precinct 5 and the Organized Crime Unit.

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