My name is Betty Cook. I grew up in Benton, Arkansas, and graduated from Benton High School in 1961. I received my bachelor and master’s degrees from State College of Arkansas (now UCA). I spent 39 years in education, 24 in the classroom and 15 in administration, retiring as Sheridan High School principal in 2004. My husband John and I moved to Sheridan September 20, 1980. He passed away in 2009. In 2012 there was an open position on the City Council, and, after much deliberation, I decided to run. I was first elected in 2012 and reelected in 2016. I am a founding volunteer at the Clinton Presidential Center and serve as president of the Grant Count Retired School Employees Association and as president of the Southeast District United Methodist Church. After election to the City Council, I became active in the Arkansas Municipal League and am a certified elected official after completion of the League's certification program. I maintain that certification by attending the winter meeting and the summer convention of the League in addition to other workshops. I maintain my certification by completing the required continuing education hours each year. I have also served on various advisory councils of the League, currently serving on the Public Safety Advisory Council.
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