Maurice Cook (R)

Maurice C. Cook, Sr., is the retired Chief of the Texas Rangers, retiring in August, 1996, and currently commissioned as a Special Texas Ranger.  As a young man, he entered the United States Air Force for four years and served a year in Viet Nam.  He then served as a city policeman in 3 Texas cities; Clute, Angleton, and Texas City. In 1967, a career move was made to Texas Department of Public Safety with assignment as a Highway Patrolman.  Later he was promoted and moved to Houston as an Intelligence Agent, Motor Vehicle Theft Investigator, and in 1973, as a Texas Ranger. He was on the assault team during the historic 11 day 1974, Carrasco Prison Siege at Huntsville and was the Commander of the Texas Rangers during the 1993-Branch Davidian Investigation.


In August, 2013, Chief Cook retired after thirteen years as the Director of Criminal Justice Training for Alvin Community College and entered his third career as an attorney and law enforcement expert witness.  In his law enforcement career he graduated from the FBI National Academy; the Police Staff and Command School at Northwestern University; Sam Houston State University with a BS degree where he is recognized as one of the Distinguished Alumni; graduated from Stephen F. Austin University with a MA degree; and graduated from Thurgood Marshall School of Law with a JD degree and is currently a licensed Attorney making his home in Bastrop County.  He assisted with the formation of the Texas Ranger Law Enforcement Association. He is married to Sherry Koenning Cook a 35+ year veteran of State Government who is the Executive Director of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. For the past 14+ years Chief Cook has resided with his wife in Bastrop County.

Mike Renck (D)

Mike Renck is a retired federal law enforcement officer and third generation of his family to serve. He retired after 21 years with the United States Department of Justice, BOP. Prior to this, he was employed with the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office under Sheriff Con Keirsey.


Mike was a member of the Disturbance Control Team, and he received many honors and awards during his career with the Bureau, including Officer of the Year in 2008. He feels his greatest accomplishment in law enforcement came with the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office in January, 1991, when he located the last of five escaped Cuban inmates while searching the area from his aircraft.


Mike Renck earned his Bachelor of Science in Education, with a secondary teaching certificate, from Texas State University in 1983. Continuing his education, he worked toward his Master’s in Educational Administration, later changing to Criminal Justice Administration after

he became employed by Sheriff Con Keirsey.


Mike recently was hired by GCA, contractor to the Bastrop Independent School District, installing and maintaining security and life safety systems. Prior to this he was an instructor at the Gary Job Corps Law Enforcement and Security Training Academy. He is a National Rifle Association life member and certified firearms instructor.


Mike Renck’s roots in Bastrop County date back to the 1860’s when his great-grandfather, Marshall Davis, a Baptist preacher, settled in Elgin. In 1971 the Renck family purchased a farm in Red Rock. Mike built his home on the family farm land in 1987. His children attend Cedar Creek schools and are active in sports. Dellamy is employed by BISD. Mike comes from a law enforcement family, dating back to 1926. His grandfather, father, and cousin served, or currently serve, with APD. Three generations of family have totalled, to date, 119 years of service.