The Grand Lodge of Virginia, on Saturday, November 12, 2016, during its 238th Annual Communication, elected Vernon Stuart Cook, of Mechanicsville, Virginia, to serve as its 172nd Grand Master during 2016 - 2017.

Vernon Stuart Cook was born in Richmond, Virginia on April 9, 1943. He was educated in the public schools in the City of Richmond and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Administration of Justice and Public Safety. He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy. Colonel Cook joined the Richmond Bureau of Police in June 1965, and worked his way through the promotional system to the rank of Major. During his twenty-five years with the Richmond Bureau of Police, he worked in every Division and served as Deputy Chief of Investigative Operations for twelve years. In 1970, he assisted in the formation of the Bureau's Task Force; in 1972, he established the Internal Affairs Division and, in 1973, he was instrumental in establishing the Bureau' s SWAT Team. On August 1990, Colonel Cook was appointed Sheriff of Hanover County by Judge Richard H. C. Taylor and throughout his career, unanimously won re-election five times. He retired on September 16, 2010. In addition to his law enforcement career, he served as an adjunct faculty member at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and at Virginia Commonwealth University.

His Masonic history began on March 17, 1966, and he is an active member in Metropolitan Lodge No. 11 and Washington and Henry Lodge No. 344. His Masonic services since that day have been extensive, as have been his community services.

During the tenure of Vernon Stuart Cook, his emphasis will be "Masonry -A Force for Good."

Posted by: Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of The Commonwealth of Virginia

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