WHEREAS, Commissioner of Social Services Sheryda Cooper will retire on April 30, 2018; and

WHEREAS, during her career, Ms. Cooper established herself as a consummate professional and dedicated public servant, at all times committed to the best interests of the Department of Social Services in helping children and families in Fulton County; and

WHEREAS, Shery started her 40 year career of service in the Department of Social Services in April of 1978; first as a Social Welfare Examiner, moving to Caseworker and Senior Caseworker, transitioning to Case Supervisor in the Children and Family Services Unit in 1981, Director of Services in 1984 and Deputy Commissioner in 1987; and

WHEREAS, Shery was appointed Commissioner of Social Services in 2001 and held that post until her retirement; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Cooper managed the largest County Department with steadfast organizational skills and constantly adapted to the ever-changing climate of ever-changing State mandates; and

WHEREAS, Shery’s reputation for preparedness and consistency in her presentations for Standing Committee meetings, conference sessions, and Board of Supervisors meetings was well-known; and

WHEREAS, all should take notice that the institution of the Department of Social Services was strengthened by her rise through the ranks and her tenure as its leader; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors hereby thanks Ms. Cooper for her many years of dedicated service to the County of Fulton and offers its best wishes on the occasion of her retirement.

Ms. Cooper thanked the Board for their kind words. She stated that it has been an interesting journey and sometimes it was hard and challenging, but fulfilling. She further stated that she was very lucky to have the opportunity to work for the County and it has been a good place for her to work. She is looking forward to starting a new chapter in her life.