EARLIER: Houston resident Bennie Cook has been selected as the new executive director at the Texas County Food Pantry.
Food Pantry board president Bob Joens said Cook, who will turn 33 on March 15, was chosen from a field of more than 20 applicants that had been narrowed to three finalists by a nominating committee. It ultimately selected Cook. The pantry’s board of directors approved his nomination.
Cook has had two stints as a deputy with the Texas County Sheriff’s Department, serving from January 2005 to September 2007 and again from May of last year until the present. In between, he was an officer with the Columbia Police Department from September 2007 to May 2011.
A graduate of Belle High School in 1997, Cook earned a degree in criminal administration from Columbia College last May. He and his wife, Amanda, have four children.
Joens said Cook’s first day in his new job would likely be March 5 or 12. He replaces Sister Clare Reinert, who stepped down last November after eight years in the position.
“The board is tickled to death to have a local person with ties to the community who is energetic, has good management skills and should be a good public relations person for the pantry,” Joens said. “This is an exciting time for the board.”
The board is tickled to death to have a local person with ties to the community who is energetic, has good management skills and should be a good public relations person for the pantry. This is an exciting time for the board.”