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|Cook announces for Monroe City Court race|
Former Ouachita Parish Sheriff Chuck Cook announced this week that he will run for District A judge at Monroe City Court.
Judge Tammy Lee currently holds the position.
The primary election will be held on Oct. 4.
Cook says he would work well with the other city court judges, and he believes together they can encourage the filing of civil cases at city court that were once an integral part of the city court system. He said many of the civil cases that were once filed in city court are now filed at 4th Judicial District Court.
Cook also said with his background in the practice of criminal law, he can assist other judges and the city prosecutor with establishing a system to more expeditiously and effectively move criminal matters through the court system.
"I've worked in public service within the justice system for the better part of the last 38 years," Cook said.
"Public service is not something that you put on and take off like a hat," he said. "If you serve within that system for any length of time, it becomes an infinite part of your life. It has been a major motivating factor in my life."
"While fulfilling my duties in public service, I've made many decisions that have affected the lives of other people," Cook continued. "Objectivity and fairness, which are fundamental qualities for any judicial position, have been a primary focus of those decisions. I pledge to continue in that direction. I would be both humbled and honored to serve the citizens of Monroe and others who come before the city court."
Cook began his public service career in 1971 as a police officer. While serving as a police officer, he pursued and earned his bachelor of arts degree in law enforcement from then-Northeast Louisiana University. He later attended law school at Louisiana State University. After earning his law degree at LSU, he returned to Monroe where he began working as an assistant district attorney. For several years, he worked as a prosecutor and in the private practice of law.
Cook was serving as chief felony prosecutor for the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office in 1995 when he resigned to run for sheriff of Ouachita Parish. Cook served as Ouachita Parish sheriff from July 1, 1996-June 30, 2000.