City Treasurer Clerk James O. Cooke, IV
James O. Cooke, IV, graduated in 1985 from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in accounting. After completing an internship with Coopers & Lybrand, he received his Master of Accounting degree from Florida State in 1986. He began his professional career as an auditor with Price Waterhouse, in Atlanta, Georgia. He continued his career serving as a manager for BennettThrasher and Co in Atlanta before returning to Tallahassee to work with Williams, Cox, Weidner and Cox (now Carr, Riggs, and Ingram).
In 2002, Mr. Cooke moved to local government, accepting the position of Deputy-Treasurer-Clerk for the City of Tallahassee. In that role, he directed the City's cash and debt management functions, including investment of over $1 billion between the City's operating funds and pension plan assets. He served as Deputy City Treasurer-Clerk from September 2002 until April 2011 when he was appointed by the City Commission to serve as Interim City Treasurer-Clerk. In January 2012, the City Commission appointed him as the City Treasurer-Clerk.
In addition to his City of Tallahassee City responsibilities, Mr. Cooke is actively involved in organizations ranging from the Florida Government Finance Officers Association, where he has served as Legislative Committee Chair, to the First Baptist Church of Tallahassee, where he has served as chairman of deacons and of the building committee.