INVERNESS — Les Cook never wanted to be Citrus County’s property appraiser. Sure, he had worked every job but that one during his 33 years in the office.
But he was content to stay on the job two more years, doing what he could to serve the citizens of Citrus County, and then retire.
Jan. 8 changed all that. Property Appraiser Geoff Greene died suddenly and Gov. Rick Scott appointed Cook, the second in charge, property appraiser the very next day. The office’s 50 employees looked to him for leadership, guidance and solace.