Mr. Jim Cooley moved to Thibodaux February 1, 1960 to manage the West Brother Gibson department store. He has been married to Mrs. Betty for the last 58 years. They have one son, Kerry, who lives in Baton Rouge.
Mayor Cooley was one of the original Board of Directors for Acadian Bank. Over the years Mayor Cooley has been very active in the community. He says, "I hope that I have been able to give back to Thibodaux what they have given to me."