Demitrous Cook been appointed as Evanston’s new police chief

Kristina Karisch, City Editor

Demitrous Cook has been appointed as Evanston’s new police chief, city manager Wally Bobkiewicz announced in a Tuesday news release.

Cook previously served at the Evanston Police Department for 26 years, of which he spent six as deputy chief of police. In 2010, he became chief of police at the Glenwood Police Department. He started his career in law enforcement as a University police supervisor, before joining EPD as a patrol officer in 2004.

Cook has served as president of the South Suburban Emergency Response Team and as vice president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives’ Chicago Metropolitan Chapter. Cook also taught on community-oriented policing services at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Institute for Public Safety Partnerships.

He will replace current police chief Richard Eddington, who earlier this year announced his retirement after 12 years in the role. Cook will assume the position effective Jan. 2.

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