Cooke sworn in as Bibb County District Attorney
Bibb County Elect David Cooke was officially sworn into office Thursday, in front of a standing room only crowd at the Bibb County Courthouse.
"I'm absolutely thrilled, there is no other job in this world I would rather have," Cooke said.
The former Houston County prosecutor will have a lot to accomplish before he officially begins his duties on January, 2nd. Cooke says he wants to hire five new people to work in the DA's office, most of them specializing in the prosecution of crimes against women and children.
"I want to bring in people who that is their specialty because i want to make our community safer," Cooke said.
Cooke's former boss and current Houston County District Attorney George Hartwig says he's excited to be working with Cooke again in a different capacity.
Hartwig supports Cooke's plan to aggressively prosecute crimes against women and children, but he says the toughest challenges with taking over office can be deciding which cases not to prosecute.
"A lot of times half the people think you've made the correct decision, the other half of the folks think that you've made absolutely the wrong decisions, so, you have to learn very quickly that you're not going to please all the people all the time," Hartwig said.
Cooke says "85 - percent" of people currently working in the Bibb County District Attorney's Office will be retained. He admits that some people will step down once he takes over, but he wants everyone to know he will be working his hardest for everyone in the community.
"I'm here to do justice for everyone, whether they supported me or not, whether they supported my opponent or not, it's time for us all to come together, and work together as a community to make us all safer," Cooke said.