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Sonny Cook resigns from police jury



Bossier Parish Police Jury member Sonny Cook submitted his letter of resignation from the public body Wednesday, citing health concerns for his wife. His resignation is effective Thursday, March 8.

Cook, a Plain Dealing resident who represents District 4, was first elected to the police jury in January 2012. He was in his second term. District 4 is the largest district by area, extending from the Red River on the west, to the Webster Parish line on the east and narrowing from the Arkansas state line to a portion on the eastern boundary of the parish just south of Interstate 20.

Police jury members voted to reluctantly accept Cook’s resignation and to begin accepting letters of interest, intent or resumes from any qualified individuals living in District 4 who are interested in filling the vacancy. Letters or resumes must be received prior to the end of business, 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 19.

Resumes or letters may be mailed to the police jury at P.O. Box 70, Benton, LA, 71006 or hand-delivered to the police jury office on the first floor of the parish courthouse in Benton. Applications or letters may also be emailed to

All information from applicants will be submitted to police jury members for their review before the March 21 regular meeting. An agenda item will set aside time for interviews and the police jury will make the appointment for the seat. The individual selected will serve until November of this year, the first available parish election date.

“Sonny’s services, knowledge and wit will be missed,” said Parish Administrator Bill Altimus. “He was an effective police juror and we wish him well in the future.”

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, police jurors:

·      Awarded a $13.9 million bid to Best Yet for the completion of Phase I of the Swan Lake Rd. north-south corridor from I-220 to the Flat River.

·      Approved the Harris minor plat and a minor plat for Cody Duke.

·      Approved the plat of proposed development of Woodlake subdivision Unit 1-A.

·      Approved the application of Lucy Conger to the Bossier City-Parish MPC for a zoning classification change of Willow Trace subdivision Unit 5, lots 1-3 from R-E, residential estate to R-A, residence agricultural.

·      Approved the application of the Benton-Parish MPC to adopt a new official zoning map of the MPC.

·      Ratified and accepted recommendations of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit board of appeals on five issues.

·      Accepted the resignation of Mrs. Freddie Cherry from the Bossier Parish Library Board of Control.

·      Appointed John Mark Robertson to fill a vacancy on the Bossier Parish Communications District 1 board of directors.

·      Rescheduled the first police jury meeting in May to Thursday, May 3 so members can attend the Police Jury Association of Louisiana’s annual legislative day.

·      Adopted an ordinance extending the franchise agreement between Bossier Parish and Southwestern Electric Power Company for 25 years.

·      Adopted a resolution commending the Louisiana Military Dept. and the Louisiana National Guard for contributing to the economic well being of this region and its citizens and for providing quality, necessary training for our military, and pledging support for the economic efforts and military training activities at Camp Minden. Also, the resolution encourages obtaining all funding required for completion of phases 2, 3 and 4 of the Regional Training Institute on Camp Minden ($77.2 million).

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