Albuquerque city councilor Michael Cook resigns after DWI arrest

Posted at: 04/04/2013 12:24 PM
Updated at: 04/04/2013 8:17 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4 and KOB.com staff

Photo: Michael Cook
Photo: Michael Cook

Albuquerque City Councilor Michael Cook has announced his plans to resign after being arrested for DWI on Wednesday night.

Cook, a first-term councilor, was stopped late Wednesday evening while driving on San Pedro.

According to court records, Cook was charged with first-offense DWI and failure to maintain a lane.

He was also charged with driving without a license plate and driving without evidence of registration.

Cook's city councilor biography says Cook grew up in Albuquerque and is a small business owner, employer, and certified financial planner. He is a former member of the City of Albuquerque’s Police Oversight Commission and was its chairman in 2007. He was elected in 2009 and his current term was due to end in November 2013. He had announced plans to run again. 

In announcing his plans to resign, Cook released this statement Thursday:

“I am resigning my position as the District 7 City Councilor effective today. I am a man that believes in personal responsibility and accountability.

It is because of these beliefs I feel it is best for the city and my community that I step down as City Councilor, I do not want to distract any attention from the needs or goals of the city.

It has been a privilege to serve the constituents of District Seven and work to the improvement and advancement of the City of Albuquerque, I am thankful to all the wonderful people that I have met along the way.

Serving the citizens of Albuquerque is truly an honor I will appreciate for the rest of my life. My priorities now will be with my family and friends as I move past this regrettable incident in my life.”

District 5 City Councilor Dan Lewis released the following prepared statement on Cook's resignation:

"Decisions like these are not easy. I think Councilor Cook did what is best for his family and our city. I know him as a man who stands for personal responsibility and accountability, and his decision to step down from the council reflects those priorities. I'm thankful for Mike's work for our city and his district, and also for the opportunity to personally work with him these past several years. He's a good man facing difficult challenges like all of us, and I wish him and his family the very best."

Mayor Richard Berry must now appoint someone to fill the seat through the remaining seven months of Cook’s term.