Sam Cochran is a native Mobilian who graduated from the McGill Institute and went on to attend the University of South Alabama where he holds both a bachelor and masters degree in criminal justice and public administration. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
He began his law enforcement career with the Mobile Police Department as a police cadet where he spent 31 years working his way through the ranks – serving the last 10 years as Chief of Police.
In June of 2006, Sam Cochran ran for the office of Sheriff and having won the Republican primary, was appointed Sheriff by Governor Riley. In November , 2006, he was elected Sheriff and re-elected in November 2010.
Sheriff Cochran serves the community on numerous agency boards, including the Penelope House, Drug Education Council, Boy Scouts of America, and the Child Advocacy Center.
Sheriff Cochran and his wife Sabrina have four children.