Most of Zook’s law enforcement career was in Talladega County, first as a deputy sheriff, and then up through the ranks of the Sylacauga Police Department. Zook served as chief of SPD for nearly 17 years before accepting a job at the office of Alabama District Attorney Luther Strange as law enforcement coordinator.
Zook was given the Chief Bill Waites Memorial Award by the AACOP. That organization’s president, Bessemer Police Chief Nathaniel Rutledge, said the award is given for service in law enforcement, to AACOP, and especially for helping new chiefs understand what it means to be chief. “He remains a constant coordinator and help for our cause.”
Strange also offered congratulations and commended Zook’s “excellent service” to the state.
Still a Sylacauga resident, Zook now acts as a liaison with law enforcement agencies across the state. He organizes training and reviews and answers complaints against local and county law enforcement agencies, in addition to assisting agencies on request. He is also a member of the Alabama Drug Abuse Task Force.
Zook is noted for his service to AACOP as past president, president, vice president, secretary and district representative, and as a member of the Ethics, Legislative and Training Committee. In addition, he is a Certified Law Enforcement Executive and a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
He has served his community as president of the Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce; as president, chairperson and board member of the United Way of Sylacauga, as well as through membership with the Arts Council, Rotary Club, American Heart Association, March of Dimes, Little League, the Sylacauga Beautification Council, and the Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement Bridges Program. He also served as a deacon in his church.
Zook set high standards for professionalism for himself and for the Sylacauga Police Department. His energy and dedication to law enforcement were so impressive he was asked to apply for the job at the Attorney General’s office. From that position he can have an impact on other agencies across the state, just as he has done in Sylacauga and Talladega County.
We’re proud to see one of our own earn state recognition for excellence in his career, and it reminds us of the dedication and commitment all of our area’s law enforcement officers bring to their assignments each day.