Council Member Cooks is a life-long resident of Fairmount Heights. He attended and graduated from both Fairmount Heights Elementary School and Fairmount Heights High School. He is a member of the Fairmount Heights High School graduating class of 1986. Upon graduating from high school, he attended Bowie State University from 1968 to 1971. He majored in Biology. Council Member Cooks has been employed with the Prince George's County Department of Health as a counselor in the Epidemiology Department for 27 years. He first served on the Town Council in 1997. From 1998 to May 1999 he served as Mayor. He was elected again in May of 2016. As a member of the Speakers Bureau, he is often called upon to speak at various civic and county events. He is a life-long member of the Historic Sylvan Vista Baptist Church, located on 60th Avenue, Fairmount Heights, Maryland.