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Top man at corrections talks new prison he helped locate, design

Top man at corrections talks new prison he helped locate, design

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DRAPER — When Rollin Cook, the man who as executive director of the Utah Department of Corrections oversees some 7,000 inmates locked up in the state prison system, was a teenager at Hillcrest High School, he landed an after-school job doing janitor work at O.C. Tanner, Salt Lake City’s world-renowned recognition awards company.

Among his duties, he cleaned the offices of founder and owner Obert Clark Tanner — the O.C. in O.C. Tanner — and company vice president Brent Evans.

His efforts did not go unnoticed or unappreciated. He recalls how Obert Tanner was unerringly effusive in his praise of how clean his office looked. And he remembers walking into Evans’ office and finding a candy bar attached to a note complimenting him on a fine job of washing the windows.

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