Bill Cooke

HERALD FILE - Bill Cooke, Bell County Justice of the Peace, speaks during a meeting with landlords, property managers, and property management companies of Bell county during a meeting about rules changing for evictions, Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at the Central Texas Home Builders Association in Harker Heights.

Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke will seek re-election in November.

He’s been a justice of the peace in western Bell County for over 20 years. His office is in Killeen.

“Bill Cooke is humbled that the citizens of Bell County have entrusted him to a position whose decisions affect all the citizens of Bell County on a daily basis,” according to a news release from Cooke.

Ex-KISD board member

Cooke is a graduate of Baylor University, a charter member of the College of Justice Court Judges and a former Killeen Independent School District board member.

Before becoming a justice of the peace, he had a career in law enforcement. He was a Texas highway patrolman and an investigator for the Bell County District and County Attorney’s Office.

Cooke’s office has had over 126,000 cases filed, according to his release. He has also issued more than 14,000 warrants and been to over 2,600 death scenes, the release said.

“Cooke advises that he and his staff shall continue to work hard for all of the citizens of Bell County,” the release said.

“(Cooke) has always maintained an open door policy at the courthouse, and wants to thank his staff for their dedication to providing an efficient office to serve the citizens of Bell County.”

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