Beck replaces Lynda Coker, who retired.
Warren has a staff of 795 and an annual budget of $67.7 million.
The sheriff is the chief jailer and runs the 3,077-bed Cobb County Adult Detention Center. Beck said the jail averages a daily population of about 2,000 to 2,100. The sheriff also has the responsibility of serving warrants.
“On a yearly basis you’re probably looking at 24,000 criminal warrants come through our office a year and probably 45,000 civil processes that come to us to be served,” Beck said. “We’re an extension of the courts. We provide that service. And of course provide courthouse security to the judicial complex is one of the constitutional responsibilities of the sheriff.”
Beck joined the Cobb Sheriff’s Office in 1989 as a deputy sheriff. Through his career, he has been assigned to every division of the office from the jail to the Marietta/Cobb/Smyrna Narcotics Unit to Court Services, Uniform Field Services and Internal Affairs.
He was appointed chief investigator in 2004 where he was in charge of the Operations Division.
Beck’s salary, which is set by the Cobb Legislative Delegation, will be raised from $111,928 to $123,356.
Warren said his office is fortunate to have so many deputies with the training, qualifications and ability to continue the tradition of providing the citizens with the professional law enforcement services they have come to expect.
“At this time, I felt Chief Deputy Beck’s experience, knowledge, commitment and dedication would best serve me, the community, and this agency well,” Warren said.
A native of California, Beck, 48, is a member of the Osborne High School Class of 1983. He earned his bachelor’s degree in management from Western Carolina University, is a 2001 graduate of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government Management Program and a graduate of Leadership Cobb.
He and his wife, Brandi, live in Powder Springs. They have two children, Connor and Sara, who attend Hillgrove High School.
“You know, the words that come to my mind is I’m very humbled and I’m very blessed by Sheriff Warren’s appointment,” Beck said. “I just look forward to continuing to working, continuing to lead and working with the men and women in the Sheriff’s Office. Humbled and blessed, that’s what it is. My cup is overflowing.”