Date: January 31, 2002 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Michal Shanley, (863) 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager

New Employee Relations Manager Joins PCSO Human Resources Division

Thomas B. Cook has joined the Polk County Sheriff's Office Human Resources Division as Employee Relations Manager, Polk County Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr., announced today.

Cook's duties include coordinating the agency's civil service system, assisting agency managers and supervisors with disciplinary actions, investigating employee complaints, overseeing the pay and classification system and other related duties.

"We are fortunate to have the benefit of Cook's experience and expertise to enhance our human resources programs," said Sheriff Crow. "His knowledge is a valuable asset to our effort to continually improve the agency's human resources activities for the agency's employees and thereby for Polk County's citizens."

Cook served 23 years with Scotty's Corporation. He began his Scotty's career as a store manager, advanced to Vice President/Regional Manager, and then to Human Resources Director.

He also served as Vice President of Resources and Facilities for Early Childhood Resources in Lakeland prior to joining the Sheriff's Office.

A U.S. Army veteran, Cook earned his B.S. degree in Business Management from Oklahoma Christian College and is a member of the National Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). He and his wife, Lorna, reside in Winter Haven.

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