Cobb County Police Department
Office of the Chief of Police
Chief of Police - John R. Houser
John Houser has been a Cobb County resident for nearly 40 years and he graduated from Wheeler High School in Marietta, Georgia in 1977. He attended the University of Mississippi, and while enrolled in the university completed an internship with the Cobb County Police Department. In 1981, he graduated from Ole Miss with a Bachelor of Arts in Law Enforcement and was hired by the Cobb County Police Department.
During Chief Houser's 32 year tenure with the Cobb County Police Department, he has served in many assignments in both the Uniform and Detective Bureaus. He has served as commanding officer in the Internal Affairs and Special Operations units. In March 2008, John Houser was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief of Police over the Uniform Bureau. On August 10, 2010 he was appointed to Chief of Police.
Chief Houser is a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College and FBI National Academy. He earned his Masters of Public Administration degree from Columbus State University. Currently he serves as a member of several Cobb County committees and is the founder and race director for the Cobb County Make-A-Wish 5k. Chief Houser resides in West Cobb County.
The Cobb County Police Department is committed to serving our community. We will demonstrate professional excellence in our Department by utilizing proven police methodology, new technology, and superb training. We will aggressively enforce all laws in an impartial manner wherever people live, work, or visit, to enhance public safety and to reduce the fear and incidence of crime. We are entrusted with the sacred obligation of protecting Cobb County, and we will do so with honor, integrity, and respect for the dignity of all citizens. The Cobb County Police Department will execute all its duties and tasks in a skillful, proficient and professional manner and we will be responsive to the changing needs of our community.