Sheriff Neil Warren began his career with the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office in 1977 as a Deputy Sheriff. He was successively promoted to ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain. Sheriff Warren was appointed as Chief Criminal Investigator in 1984 and to the position of Chief Deputy Sheriff in June 1994 where he served until taking over the Office of Sheriff.
Sheriff Warren received his BS Degree in Criminal Justice from Brenau College. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Academy, as well the Cobb County Police Academy. Sheriff Warren serves as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Marietta/Cobb/Smyrna Narcotics Unit and is on the Advisory Board for the North Central Georgia Law Enforcement Academy. He currently serves on the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association Legislative Committee and was appointed by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle to the Public Safety Advisory Board.
In 2014, he was selected Georgia Sheriff of the Year by the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the North Georgia State Fair, a member of the Leadership Cobb Alumni Association, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and the Kennesaw Masonic Lodge, 33. In 2001, Sheriff Warren was the recipient of Cobb County Bar Association’s Peace Officer of the Year Award and in 2002 received the Smyrna Oakdale Moose Lodge’s Mr. Cobb County. Sheriff Warren and his wife Penny were presented the 2009 Founders Award at the Center for Family Resources 13th Annual Oscar Gala as well as the received the 2009 Liberty Bell Award from the Cobb County Bar Association.
A resident of Cobb County for over 50 years, Sheriff Warren and his wife Penny are active members of Roswell Street Baptist Church.
Chief Sonya Allen
Sonya Allen was appointed to Chief Deputy on August 23, 2019. She is second in command of the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office.
A Cobb County native and Kennesaw resident, Cheif Allen has been employed with the Sheriff’s Office since 1992. She grew up in East Cobb and graduated from Sprayberry High School in 1987. She attended the University of West Georgia where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree and received her Juris Doctorate from John Marshall Law School. Allen is a member of the State of Georgia Bar and the Cobb County Bar Association, a graduate of Leadership Cobb and Honorary Commander, and is an adult leader for Cobb Youth Leadership. She’s active in her community as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and gymnastics judge for varsity sports through the Georgia High School Association.
Throughout her career with the Sheriff’s Office, Allen has been assigned to Detention, Marietta/Cobb/Smyrna Narcotics Unit, Field Operations, Fugitive, Court Services, Criminal Investigations Unit, and the Internal Affairs Unit. She is currently assigned to the Executive Office and oversees legal, legislative, budgeting, and contractual services for the agency.
A Kennesaw resident, Allen has a daughter that attends the University of North Georgia.
With Chief Deputy Sonya Allen, our very own Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren has built one of the best sheriff's offices in the State of Georgia. Our diverse command staff has risen through the ranks, and they continue to serve our county with distinction. ... See MoreSee Less
I have only a couple things to say then. 48+ people have died since you been sheriff in your jail and I know a few your deputies ignored complaints from them. I seen and heard the other guy address this but you say nothing and refuse to.look into some of the deaths. Why not train your officers right so they know they can't do certain things. You been sheriff Neil Warren and there has been continued death. Your officer arrest and charged a African American for a dead family member's ashes. You said nothing then too.