1/31/2012 - Magistrate Judge LaSandra Ray Cooley announces her intent to run for Chief Magistrate Judge. She will appear on the Republican Ballot in the primary election in July. LaSandra began working in the Magistrate Court of Pickens County in July, 2008 and was appointed Judge of the court by the recently retired Chief Magistrate Judge Larry Ray in September, 2009 with the consent of the Superior Court Judges. Since that time, she has helped to make the Magistrate Court run as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
Many people have never had dealings in Magistrate Court. This is where you go if you want to file a civil claim against someone for up to $15,000, and also where you go if you are the one the claim is against to file your answer and ask for a court date. Many other civil filings are also available there. Magistrate Court is the beginning office for most criminal offenses as well. It is the office you take your returned checks to for collection and where you can seek an arrest warrant. One of LaSandra’s favorite aspects of her job is to perform wedding ceremonies. She has married many happy couples since being appointed Judge of the court.
LaSandra is a lifelong Pickens County resident, married to Lieutenant Wayne Cooley of the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department. She has three sons, Kevin Cooley, Jeremy Cooley, and Justin Thacker, and one daughter, Samantha Cooley. LaSandra was on the Dean’s List at Reinhardt College as she recently completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management Leadership in December, 2011, and is enrolled to begin working on her Master’s Degree in August, 2012.
“I would like to make sure all our citizens have a voice before the court with an impartial, fair judge who considers honesty and integrity as the foundations of the office of Chief Magistrate and I would appreciate your support and vote in this year’s election,”, says LaSandra, and she also wants to remind the community that her door is always open in the Magistrate Court to assist in whatever matter you may have pending.