City Clerk Devon Reid administers the oath of office to Evanston Chief of Police Demitrous Cook. Photo by Genie Lemieux, Evanston Photographic Studios

Demitrous Cook was sworn in as Evanston Chief of Police on Jan. 2 in the City Council chambers.

A large crowd attended the ceremony, including Chief Cook’s colleagues from the South Suburban Association of Chiefs and fellow members of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement (NOBLE), of which Chief Cook served as vice president from 2013 to 2018.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz in his introduction said the ceremony was a “really great way” for the City to start the new year, a sentiment that was echoed in other statements. City Clerk Devon Reid swore in Chief Cook and said that he had “heard a lot of great things about [Chief Cook] from the community.” He noted it was not necessarily “the standard” for Chiefs recruited from outside of the Evanston Police Department to be as known and admired as Chief Cook.

Chief Cook is now making his return to Evanston after working for the last eight years as the Glenwood Chief of Police. He began his law enforcement career with the Northwestern Police Department in 1981 and spent 26 years moving up the ranks of the Evanston Police Department, where he served as Deputy Chief of Police for six years, until 2010.

After a proclamation by a representative from the South Suburban Association of Chiefs, which declared Dec. 20, 2018, as Demitrous Cook Day, Chief Cook received a standing ovation and said a few words to the crowd.

He began by asking his mother, who had his badge, to pin it on his uniform. The two hugged, accompanied by applause.

Chief Cook said, “I’d like to thank the City of Evanston, the people … for trusting me. I’m going to do the best job that I can do.” He thanked Police Chiefs Richard Eddington and Frank Kaminski, both of whom were in attendance at the swearing-in, for their guidance in preparing him for the new position.

“I’m glad to be here,” Chief Cook said.