Demitrous Cook Appointed Police Chief
Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz today announced the appointment of Demitrous Cook as Evanston police chief.
Cook, who previously served 26 years at the Evanston Police Department, including six years as deputy chief of police, returns to Evanston from the Glenwood Police Department where he has been chief of police since 2010.
“Demitrous Cook is a proven leader and is the right choice to lead the Evanston Police Department,” said Bobkiewicz. “With 37 years of law enforcement experience, including nearly 30 years in Evanston, Demitrous is uniquely qualified to address our community’s public safety needs and challenges. I look forward to welcoming Demitrous back to Evanston and working with him as the City’s new police chief.”
Cook began his law enforcement career in 1981 as a police supervisor with the Northwestern University Police Department, serving both the Chicago and Evanston campuses. In 1984, he joined the Evanston Police Department as a patrol officer, rising through the ranks to become deputy chief of police in 2004, overseeing the department’s Support Services Division and later the Investigative Services Division. In 2010, Cook was hired as the chief of police for the Glenwood Police Department.
During his 37 years in law enforcement, Cook has held a variety of external leadership positions. He served as president of the South Suburban Emergency Response Team (SSERT) and as vice president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) Chicago Metropolitan Chapter. Cook also provided instruction on community-oriented policing services at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Institute for Public Safety Partnerships.
Cook holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Social Justice from Lewis University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement from Southern Illinois University. He is a graduate of the FBI’s Midwest Law Enforcement Executive Development program and Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command. Cook is also a 1999 graduate of the Evanston Community Foundation’s Leadership Evanston program.
Bobkiewicz announced Cook’s appointment following a national search that began in July after Police Chief Richard Eddington announced his retirement at the end of 2018. Chief Cook will be sworn in as Evanston police chief on Wednesday, January 2, at 10 a.m., in the Jay. C. Lytle Council Chambers at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center.
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