Rollin Cook, Utah Department of Corrections
Rollin Cook was appointed executive director of the Utah Department of Corrections in 2013. As head of Utah's Corrections system, Cook oversees the prison system, probation and parole, and programming functions aimed at rehabilitation. Cook also oversees an internal law enforcement bureau, clinical services, internal audit, Utah Correctional Industries, a training academy, and administration of the sex offender registry. Utah's Corrections system is charged with striking a delicate balance of holding offenders accountable for breaking the law, while also helping people enact lasting change. This ideally enables them to become law-abiding, productive members of our community, keeping them out of prison and off probation or parole supervision.
Prior to his appointment, Cook served in Salt Lake County's Corrections system for 23 years. He joined the county as an officer in June 1989 and was quickly promoted to corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and ultimately chief deputy. Cook oversaw the re-opening of Oxbow Jail as a therapeutic-style facility and expanded programmatic functions. He has worked with the local, national, and international law-enforcement community through participation in committees and associations.
Cook earned his Master's Degree in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. He has worked closely with the National Institute of Corrections and is a nationally recognized consultant, trainer, and motivational speaker on corrections-related topics. Cook has worked with the local, national, and international law-enforcement community through participation in committees and associations. He has led courses on jail administration, assessments, transition, and leadership, among others.
Cook is proud to be a native-Utahn and is heavily invested in his community through scouting, helping troubled youth, coaching youth sports, and as a committee member for Autism Speaks.