Governor Riley Appoints New Greene County Sheriff
MONTGOMERY – Governor Bob Riley has appointed George Cook, a law enforcement agent with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and a former Northport police officer, to be the sheriff of Greene County.
“George Cook is a professional law enforcement officer who is extremely well qualified for this important position. I’m confident he will protect and serve the people of Greene County with integrity, character and honesty, and he will fairly and impartially enforce the law.”
Cook, who is 31, served for nine years in the U.S. Army. After his military service, he began a career in law enforcement. For the last year, he has been an ABC Enforcement Agent based in Tuscaloosa. Prior to the ABC, for three years he served as a police officer with the Northport Police Department and a Detention Officer at the Tuscaloosa County Jail.
“I’m committed to upholding the law in Greene County and making the Sheriff’s office work effectively for the people,” said Cook. “As a law enforcement officer, I always strive to serve the people honorably and I will continue to do so as Greene County Sheriff.
“Some people may want to focus their attention on just one area of the sheriff’s responsibilities in Greene County – those related to bingo – but there is obviously much more to this job and I will carry out all my responsibilities and duties as sheriff as the law requires in order to best serve the people,” said Cook. “During my interview for this appointment, we spent a lot more time discussing my background, management style and leadership abilities than we did bingo. In fact, the Governor never even brought that issue up during our meeting.”