Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren has appointed Col. Sonya Allen as his second in command to take over from retiring Chief Deputy Sheriff Milton Beck in August.

Allen has spent 27 years with the Cobb sheriff’s office.

In a news release last Friday, Sheriff Warren praised the colonel’s extensive law enforcement work to date, which includes stints in the narcotics, field operations, fugitive and detention units, court services, criminal investigations and internal affairs.

Allen is currently assigned to the sheriff’s executive office and oversees legal, legislative, budgeting and contractual services for the agency.

“I have seen how Sonya has gained a broad range of experiences during her career and how she has used those skills and expertise to positively impact the sheriff’s office,” Warren said. “She has been an excellent role model for accountability, public service and community engagement.”

A Kennesaw resident, Allen grew up in east Cobb and graduated from Sprayberry High School in 1987.

She obtained a bachelor’s of science in 1991 from the University of West Georgia and received a Juris

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