ABOUT FRANKLIN D. COOKE
Franklin D. Cooke is a lifelong resident of Dunleith Estates in Wilmington, Delaware. He is the son of an International Longshoreman Association (1694) and Colonial School District Secretary. A graduate of DeLaWarr High School and Cheyney State University, Franklin was involved in sports and student government. Franklin went on to join the New Castle County Police Department from 1982 to 2013. He also served under the former County Executive, Thomas P. Gordon and currently works for the Office of Defense Services at the Leonard Williams Justice Center.
As a New Castle County Police Officer, he became the first African-American Mounted officer in New Castle County. He also served as a Field Training Officer, Certified Class Instructor, Critical Incident Team member, Pennell Task Force member, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge #5 Chaplin from 1997-2002, FOP Lodge #5 Vice President 2002-2011 (which chaired and co-chaired three New Castle County Police contracts), FOP State Chaplin from 2002-present, among many other critical roles.
Frank played a big leadership role in the FOP Lodge #5 earning him "Member of the Year" in 2003 and in the FOP State Lodge "Member of the Year" in 2013. Due to Frank's assistance in lobbying police issues and concerns, he has become familiar with the legislative process and navigating issues through Legislative Hall.
Frank has one son (Franklin Cooke, III) who is a Caravel Academy and Clark Atlanta University graduate and currently lives in Portland, Oregon. Frank has one grandson, Gavin Cooke.