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Who is the

Cobb Elder Abuse Task Force?

We are a multi-jurisdictional organization that addresses financial, physical/emotional and institutional abuse of seniors.  In addition, we provide education and awareness training for service providers, law enforcement and community organizations.

Our membership is made up of a network of partnering agencies that have significant contact with the senior population.  We work together to discuss elder abuse, share concerns, and develop strategies to address elder abuse in our community.  We recognize that progress comes through collaboration.

Our mission is to help protect our most vulnerable citizens and educate others to:


Seek Participation & Collaboration with Citizens, Licensed Care Homes, Social Agencies, Regulators, Enforcement Agencies

Educate Citizens and Business Communities on the forms of abuse:

            Physical/Emotional  |  Financial  |  Institutional Abuse

Enforce & Recommend Laws, Coordinate Elder Abuse Enforcement Activities

Cobb Elder Abuse Task Force - Board


John A. Tully                                          

Senior Assistant District Attorney

Cobb Judicial Circuit

Government Liaison/Vice Chairman

Joe Gavalis

Retired Federal Agent

Past Cobb Neighborhood Safety Commission Chair

Law Enforcement Representative

Dan Flynn

Chief of Police, City of Marietta

First Responder Representative

Spencer Miller

EMS Operations Division Chief,

Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services

Legislative Liaison 

Karen Hallacy

Education and Community Advocate

Senior Community Liaison    

Christine Rozman, CSA

Certified Senior Advisor®

Marietta Citizens Police Academy Graduate

Cobb Elder Abuse Members*
  • Local District Attorney’s Office

  • Local Law Enforcement (City, County or Sheriff’s Office)

  • State Law Enforcement

  • Federal Law Enforcement

  • Local Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

  • Local Senior Services Agency and/or Council on Aging

  • State and Federal Regulatory Agencies for Adult Protective Services, Nursing Home and Personal Care Home Regulatory or Mental Health Services

  • Local Healthcare System

  • Non-Profit Groups that assist with Elder Abuse, Legal Advice or Long Term Care Issues

  • Private Financial Institutions with significant elder contact

*CEATF Membership is open . . .

However, we are not a forum for commercial networking or a political forum for individual agendas.  People who attend our meetings work with seniors, and we share a goal of addressing elder abuse.  The Board reserves the right to limit attendance if potential attendees do not fall within our mission-critical initiatives.


Current partners include:

  • Cobb District Attorney

  • Cobb Sheriff’s Office

  • Cobb Solicitor General

  • GA Bureau of Investigation

  • Police, Fire and Emergency Departments of

    • Acworth

    • Atlanta

    • Austell

    • Kennesaw

    • Marietta

    • Powder Springs

    • Smyrna

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