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.