Born and raised in Medicine Hat, Bill Cocks comes from a proud heritage of Medicine Hat originals – a family that has been involved in the community since their arrival in the early 1900s.
Mr. Cocks was educated in Medicine Hat before attending the University of Alberta. He received his Bachelor of Arts in 1974 and his law degree in 1975. Following his articling, he returned home in 1976 to work for the provincial crown prosecutor.
Mr. Cocks immersed himself in his community, singing in various choirs and musical theatre. He is also an active member of St. John’s Presbyterian Church.
Professionally, he was president of the local bar association for a two-year term. In 1993, he went into private practice. The following year, he was appointed Standing Agent for the Attorney General of Canada.
In 1998, Mr. Cocks won an aldermanic seat on Medicine Hat City Council. He was re-elected in 2001. During his tenure, Bill has served on most standing committees including Utilities and Municipal Planning Commission, and currently chairs the Corporate Services Committee. He also guides the Esplanade Steering Committee, developing a multi-purpose arts and heritage centre for the city.
Over the years Mr. Cocks has maintained an abiding interest in politics, helping out in several campaigns both federally and provincially.