Parish council clerk featured in PJAL statewide newsletter

Published 4:38 am Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Police Jury Association of Louisiana puts out a monthly newsletter in which a member is regularly spotlighted, and this month that member is Washington Parish Council Clerk Sarah Cook.

The newsletter says, “We are delighted to showcase her for her willingness to work hard and go above and beyond what is asked of her.”

It goes on to say that Cook began working for the Washington Parish Council in 2014 as a Council Clerk.

“She has many responsibilities at the council office,” it says. “And one may even call her a jack-of-all-trades at the council office!”

Sarah said her favorite moment in her career with Washington Parish was when she created a spreadsheet, copying and scanning data from 1998 to the present to digitize all of the information.

“It was a six-month project that was well worth it because the files can now be accessed in house and from their website,” she said. “I keep the information updated, and accessing current and historical information is readily accessible.”

She said Washington Parish is her favorite parish “because people make you feel welcome.” She also said she “is proud of and admires the values that are passed down from generation to generation; a parish where you get both great people and beautiful landscapes such as scenic rolling hills, rivers, farms, and wildlife.”

And she encouraged everyone to visit the “Washington Parish FREE Fair in mid-October.”

Cook said that Washington Parish Councilman Reginald McMasters has had the biggest impact on her professional career because he has “mentored, guided and encouraged (her) throughout (her) career.” She said that her mother and children have had the biggest impact personally.

“My mom taught me about faith, love, joy, kindness, and responsibility. My children inspire me to pass on those valuable teachings,” said Cook.

The newsletter article concludes with, “Congratulations Sarah Cook! We are so thankful to have such a hard working individual as a member of the PJAL!”

Cook said she was “honored to have the opportunity to be in the newsletter.”