Utah Department of Corrections
Rollin Cook was appointed as executive director of the Utah Department of Corrections by Gov. Gary R. Herbert in April 2013.
Since his appointment, Rollin has made employees the Department's top priority, engaging them in decision-making, ensuring they have the proper resources to do their jobs and providing the support they need to succeed personally and professionally. Rollin has advocated adoption of servant and transformational leadership principles throughout the Department.
In his first three years, Rollin also pushed for and received pay increases for the Department's certified officers; opened dialogue with community partners; directed key policy reforms related to such areas as visiting, mental health and restricted housing; and tapped administrative leaders capable of positioning the Department for future innovation and success.
Rollin played a key role in the relocation process for the Utah State Prison, ensuring selection of a site (Salt Lake City) that made needs of the Department's employees, volunteers and inmates and their families a priority.
Under Rollin's direction, the West One housing facility, scheduled to open in Fall of 2016 at the Central Utah Correctional Facility, will be the Department's first direct supervision unit.
Rollin previously worked for the Salt Lake County corrections system. He joined the county in 1989 and worked his way through the jail's ranks from officer to, ultimately, chief deputy. In that post, Rollin oversaw six divisions with more than 700 employees and the operations of two direct-supervision jails. He focused on effective treatment of offenders to humanely help them safely and successfully rejoin their communities and families. Rollin also led the re-opening of a closed jail as a therapeutic-style facility with expanded programming. He retired from the county in 2012.
Prior to his appointment as executive director, Rollin worked closely with the National Institute of Corrections as a widely recognized consultant, trainer and motivational speaker on corrections-related topics such as jail administration, assessments, transition and leadership.
Rollin is a member of the Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, the Utah Sentencing Commission, the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, the Utah Multicultural Commission, the State Homeless Committee, the Association of State Correctional Administrators, the American Correctional Association, the Statewide Information and Analysis Commission and the Utah Law Enforcement Legislative Committee.
During his career, Rollin has participated in local, national and international corrections associations and their affiliated committees, including the Criminal Justice Advisory Council, International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Sheriff's Association, American Jail Association and the Utah Sheriff's Jail Commanders Association.
Rollin graduated from Columbia College with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice administration and from the University of Phoenix with a master's degree in business administration.
Rollin is heavily invested in his community through scouting, helping troubled youth, coaching youth sports and as a former committee member for Autism Speaks. Rollin is a proud and dedicated husband and father of three children.