"We'll replace the public safety positions," said Brad Bowers, the county's director of finance. "That's what county government is all about -- public safety."
But the longer other positions are left open, the more the county will save.
Cobb Police Chief George Hatfield decided to take early retirement after 38 years with the county.
Bowers himself plans to take the retirement, after about 28 years with the county. Bob Ash, the head of the county's public services department which includes parks and recreation, will also take the package after about 31 years of working for Cobb.
"The retirement incentive package is working as expected and some of our more senior, higher-paid employees are going into retirement now," county spokesman Robert Quigley said.
Cobb is also looking at its bus system and will consider cutting one bus route and restricting hours of operation on another route, Quigley said.
The county's road building program will continue at a reduced level as long as sales tax revenues roll in at the same rate.