Cook named new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor at Keep Polk Beau­ti­ful

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A new ad­min­is­tra­tive leader has been se­lected for Keep Polk Beau­ti­ful fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of a long­time ad­vo­cate for the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from Keep Polk Beau­ti­ful last Fri­day, Randy Cook is tak­ing over the role of ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor ef­fec­tive Tues­day, Sept. 19 af­ter press time.

Cook t akes over f or Vance Voinche, who headed the or­ga­ni­za­tion for sev­eral years.

“Af­ter a thor­ough search for qual­i­fied can­di­dates, the Board reached con­sen­sus that Randy brings the right mix of skills and com­mu­nity con­tacts to this im­por­tant role,” the re­lease stated. “Randy is a re­tired ed­u­ca­tor and small busi­ness­man well-known in Polk County.”

Cook’s re­sume in­cludes 30 years as a phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher at West­side Ele­men­tary, mas­ter’s de­gree in Health Ed­u­ca­tion from Jack­sonville State Univer­sity and Spe­cial­ist in Ad­min­is­tra­tion from Lin­coln Me­mo­rial Univer­sity. The re­lease added that he is ac­tive in church out­reach and re­lief min­istries. He has been a long­time sup­porter of youth recre­ational base­ball, bas­ket­ball and soccer.

He was ac­tively in­volved in the de­vel­op­ment of the Sil­ver Comet Trail as well.

Larry Tol­bert, cur­rent chair­man of the Board of Di­rec­tors, stated in the re­lease that “We wish to com­mend Vance Voinche for his out­stand­ing lead­er­ship of KPB over the past few years.”

“Vance is uniquely gifted and has ad­vanced the work and mis­sion of KPB in valu­able ways. Un­der his lead­er­ship, KPB has spon­sored com­mu­nity recycling events col­lect­ing old paint, elec­tron­ics, tires, light bulbs and other re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als.,” Tol­bert’s state­ment read. “He also devel­oped the con­cept of ‘Once Around the Block’, to en­cour­age lo­cal res­i­dents to keep their neigh­bor­hoods clean by on­go­ing lit­ter pa­trol. His en­ergy, vi­sion and en­thu­si­asm for KPB have pro­duced much fruit. We ex­pect him to re­main en­gaged with KPB as a vol­un­teer in our many environmental en­deav­ors.”

With re­gard to the ap­point­ment of new Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Randy Cook, Tol­bert had the fol­low­ing state­ment: “We are in­deed for­tu­nate to re­tain Randy as our new Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor. Randy brings a wealth of com­mu­nity con­tacts and in­volve­ment with key con­stituen­cies of KPB. His fa­mil­iar­ity with our lo­cal schools is a plus.”

“His pas­sion for our en­vi­ron­ment shines through. We wel­come him with great an­tic­i­pa­tion as we seek to take KPB to higher lev­els of ef­fec­tive­ness,” Tol­bert’s state­ment con­tin­ued. “Randy is a ded­i­cated hus­band and fa­ther and avid out­doors­man. He brings the right qual­i­ties to our or­ga­ni­za­tion at this junc­ture and we look for­ward to work­ing closely with him as we move for­ward.”

Cook may be reached at 678-2461083 or via email at kp­beau­ti­ for those look­ing to part­ner with the or­ga­ni­za­tion on ef­forts to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment and clean up the com­mu­nity lo­cally.

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