Second to that goal is reducing Jones County workers’ compensation claims and he appears to be making great strides on both those fronts. Cook started with the county in January of 2011 and under his leadership the number of accidents and workers’ comp claims have been reduced.
Those statistics relate directly to a reduction in the county’s workers compensation premium costs. While the premiums have continued to increase for Georgia counties, Jones County’s costs are decreasing.
The safety programs and inspections implemented by Cook are the big reasons for the decline in work-related accidents in Jones County and both result in discounts in the annual workers’ comp premiums the county pays. This year alone the county will receive $172,558 in discounts, which helps reduce the projected premium of $407,988 to a more palatable $237, 311.
Cook retired from J.M. Huber Corporation in 2007 after 33 years. At the time of his retirement he had been a manager for three and one-half years and was responsible for safety in the mines.
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