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Oped by Commissioner Cook

  • 20 February 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2595

Atatending the Williamson County Complete Count Committee Kick-off on Feb. 5, 2020, were (from left) Commissioner Cook, Hutto Mayor Doug Gaul, Taylor Mayor Brandt Rydell, Cedar Park Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale, Bartlett Mayor Landry Pack, Jarrell Mayor Larry Bush, Granger Mayor Trevor Cheatheam, Round Rock City Council Member Will Peckham, Florence Mayor Mary Condon, and County Judge Bill Gravell.

This is the first time ever that we can respond to the census online.

The U.S. Constitution requires the U.S. Census Bureau to count every resident living in the country every 10 years. Between March 12 and July 31, 95% of U.S. households will receive an invitation in the mail to complete the 2020 Census.

Depending on how likely your area is to respond electronically, you’ll receive either an invitation to respond online or by phone, or an invitation with a paper questionnaire.

Households not responding will be mailed reminders. Then between May and August, census takers will visit households that have not yet self-responded.

A sample questionnaire can be found at http://tinyurl.com/yxlmq2dh .

Commissioner Cook Encourages Families Who Have Adult Family Members With Mental Health Conditions To Take Free Course

Course Presented by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Central Texas

  • 24 January 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2572

Family To Family

A free 8-week course designed to help family members understand and support their adult loved one living with a mental health condition and maintain their own well-being. You will learn about treatment options, crisis management, communication methods, and more.

Starts Monday, February 20, 2020


Bluebonnet Trails Community Services

1009 N. Georgetown St., Round Rock

More details and register at:


Commissioner Cook's Message To Everyone Who Sent Letters On Pollution Cleanup Efforts In Texas

  • 16 January 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2580

Your requests to pass a Resolution to raise the benchmarks on our current standards to at least those of Mississippi and Louisiana are appreciated.

However, with your collective voices, you should contact your local state legislators and members of Congress. These are your leaders who have the power to pass bills that would raise our current standards for reducing pollution and cleaning the environment.

Some of your concerns regarding discharges into the San Gabriel River and Brushy Creek should also be addressed at the city level, because they are the owners of these water treatment plants.

In addition, Texas counties have limited authority to pass ordinances and have nearly no land use authority.

This past legislative session, laws were passed to further limit the ability of counties, and to some extent cities, to enact programs that benefit the citizenry.

I thank all Wilco residents who took the time to write with their concerns and encourage you to keep urging our Texas delegations at the state and national levels to increase our pollution prevention standards and fund more cleanup programs.

Click on Read More for contact information for your national, state and local leaders.

Courts and Public Well-Served by Wilco District Clerk

Oped by Commissioner Cook

  • 16 January 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2646

District Clerk Lisa David holds up a historical court file that has not yet been preserved and Commissioner Cook is holding a preserved record of the Ku Klux Klan Trials prosecuted by then District Attorney Dan Moody from 1923-24, who later became Texas’ youngest Governor. When Williamson County District Clerk Bonnie Wolbrueck announced she would retire in 2006, Lisa David ran for that office to ensure the transition would be positive and cause little disruption to the courts.

Hired in 1981 to work in the district clerk’s office, David later served as deputy district clerk and assistant chief deputy. She said, “I could hit the ground running and already knew what to expect in this position.”

David was elected Wilco’s next district clerk on Nov. 7, 2006.

Every Texas county has a district clerk who serves as the official record keeper and custodian of all its district courts’ pleadings. In counties with populations fewer than 8,000, the county clerk can also serve as the district clerk.

Although district courts are state offices, they form an integral part of county government. District courts hear felony criminal cases, divorce cases, land title disputes and election contests, as well as civil matters in which at least $200 is disputed or claimed in damages.

Additionally, David is responsible for family filings in the county courts-at-law, which have family law jurisdictions. Family law includes cases of divorce, child custody, child support and adoption, among others.

Commissioner Cook Shares Announcement: WGU Kicks Off 2020 with $1.5 Million in Scholarships

New Year Scholarship will enable 750 working adults to go back to school

  • 8 January 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2507

WGU 2020 –In its largest scholarship offering to date, Western Governors University (WGU) will award $1.5 million ($1,500,000.00) in scholarships to busy adults who would like to earn a college degree on a schedule that fits their lives. 

The New Year Scholarship, valued at up to $2,000 per student and open to new students enrolling in any of the more than 60 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs offered at WGU, is designed to help more Americans build better lives for themselves and their families through higher education. Degree tracks include programs in business, information technology, education, and health professions. The application deadline is March 31, 2020

The scholarships will be applied at the rate of $500 per six-month term, reducing already-low tuition by about 15% for the average undergraduate degree. Recipients may renew their award up to four terms. Multiple scholarships will be awarded through a competitive program based on a candidate’s academic record, financial need, readiness for online study, current competency, and other considerations.

Designed to meet the needs of adult learners, WGU’s competency-based education allows students to take advantage of their knowledge and experience to move quickly through material they already know, so they can focus on what they still need to learn. Students complete their programs by studying on schedules that fit their lives and advancing as soon as they demonstrate mastery of the subject matter. WGU faculty members work one-on-one with students as mentors, offering guidance, support, and individualized instruction. While WGU’s degree programs are rigorous and challenging, competency-based learning makes it possible for students to accelerate their progress, saving both time and money.

To learn more about WGU’s New Year Scholarship or to apply, visit  http://wgu.edu/NY2020


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