New Durant Police Chief

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

DURANT, OK - Durant's new police chief is now official.

Durward Cook was appointed by City Manager Jim Dunegan and officially sworn in Tuesday night. Dunegan says he chose Cook because of his exceptional training and leadership skills.

Chief Cook says he's grateful for the support of his fellow officers, the city and his family. "I just can't express how good it makes you fell to have that support. And if I can transfer that support from me onto my department, we just can't lose."

Cook was previously a Captain on the Durant force and has been in the chief's position since the beginning of the May.

He replaces Chief Gary Rudick, who took a job in Tulsa.

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  • by John Location: durant on Jun 16, 2008 at 08:51 PM
    In response to redneck, you cant take the actions of one officer, and pin that on the entire department. There are a bunch of good guys that work at DPD.
  • by Redneck Woman Location: Sherman on May 14, 2008 at 11:09 AM
    Whatever. I'll give him 90 days. Try and keep him from breaking and entering!
  • by Anonymous on May 14, 2008 at 09:16 AM
    Let's hope this one can make Durant PROUD!
  • by That Girl Location: Bryan County on May 14, 2008 at 08:07 AM
    Congrats to Chief Cook. I know that you are going to do a great job and lead DPD in the right direction.
  • by Former DPD on May 14, 2008 at 06:44 AM
    I have worked for DPD in the past and I believe this action should have taken place years ago. I know that the City of Durant will be lead in the right direction and the officers will be more upbeat about their jobs now. Cook knows what the department needs and the direction it should go!!!! Congtats Cook!!!
  • by Artist BILL SUDDERTH Location: Durant on May 14, 2008 at 05:44 AM
    I think Mr. Dunegan MADE a great decision, as Officer Cook has always been unbiased in any dealings that I have known of and will make a Honest and dependable Chief if he stands for the values as his past record demostrates. He has also been there IF I needed him as he does reside somewhat close to my studio and home. Good Luck Chief Cook
  • by bob Location: durant on May 13, 2008 at 08:42 PM
    he looks like such a nice guy on tv... hopefully this one can lead without chasing blondes all over town
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