A Martin man with a long history of service to his community and the nation has taken over the helm of the Weakley County Veterans Affairs office.
It was announced last week Ricky Cobb was chosen to lead the post left open by former VA officer Rick McKenzie.
McKenzie retired from the position May 15 to move to an area near Darden, to be closer to his children and family, according to a release.
“I very much enjoyed my time serving veterans and their families in Weakley County. I appreciate their support and well-wishes,” McKenzie noted.
Cobb has decades of service that spans from time served in the Middle East as part of the Tennessee National Guard and as a police officer in various departments throughout the county.
Most recently, Cobb served as police chief for the City of Sharon. He retired April 30. He has also worked as a paramedic in the county.
Cobb said he is excited to serve the citizens of Weakley County in a new way and looks forward to helping the people of Weakley County by assisting veterans and their families.
Cobb is an Iraqi War veteran, having served in the early 2000s as a sergeant. He is an 18-year veteran of the Army and Tennessee National Guard. He spent 35 years in law enforcement working with various agencies throughout Weakley County.
Not only will veterans recognize Cobb, his assistant Randi Storye will remain in her position as VA officer manager.
With her years of experience in the office and expansive knowledge of veterans’ affairs, local veterans and their family members are encouraged and welcome to contact the office for assistance.
“We are very appreciative to Mr. Rick McKenzie for all of the good work he did in assisting Weakley County’s veterans and their families. We are thankful to Rick and wish him much success in the future,” Weakley County Mayor Jake Bynum noted.
“We are also very excited to welcome Mr. Ricky Cobb to the position. Ricky Cobb has been a valued public servant for decades. His commitment to our local community and our country is without parallel. We are excited and honored for Ricky to continue his public service in his new role as the Weakley County Veterans Affairs Officer,” Bynum added.
To contact the VA office, which is located in the Weakley County Courthouse in downtown Dresden, call 731-364-5727.