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Michael Register was appointed Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on August 25, 2022, by Governor Brian Kemp. In this position, he leads a statewide agency that has a multi-faceted law enforcement mission.
Director Register has an extensive law enforcement and public safety background. Prior to his current role with the GBI, Director Register was the Assistant Chief of the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, Public Safety Director for Cobb County, Chief of Police for Cobb County, and Chief of Police for Clayton County. In these positions Director Register had the opportunity to facilitate initiatives and programs that addressed crime while partnering with federal, state, and community partners to build safer and more secure communities.
Director Register also served as a Director with the Department of Defense (DoD) Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDO) at the Pentagon in Washington D.C, where he oversaw a program that gave operational and intelligence support to the various combatant commands, and worked globally with military, intelligence agencies, and law enforcement partners. Director Register has served on the Georgia POST Council, the Judicial Qualification Commission, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force Executive Board, and other various law enforcement related organizations.
Director Register served in the military for over 20 years in US Army Special Forces, to include combat operations in Afghanistan. He has a master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University and is a graduate of the FBI’s National Executive Institute and Northwestern University’s Staff and Command program. He is currently seeking his Doctorate in Strategic Leadership.