Make this page my home page
  1. Drag the home icon in this panel and drop it onto the "house icon" in the tool bar for the browser

  2. Select "Yes" from the popup window and you're done!

August 26, 2009
Print Comment RSS

Va. city names first black chief in 260-year history

Associated Press

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A Washington suburb is naming the first black police chief in its 260-year history to replace a chief who resigned after he was charged with drunken driving.

City spokesman Tony Castrilli said Tuesday that Alexandria, Va., officials are giving the job to Earl L. Cook, who has served as acting police chief since his predecessor was charged with DUI. Cook joined the department in 1979, and has also served as executive deputy chief.

Cook succeeds David Baker, who resigned as chief in July, days after he was charged with drunken driving. Baker later pleaded guilty to the charge.

Associated PressCopyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Before becoming a police officer, Cook was a member of the T.C. Williams High School state champion football team in Alexandria that was depicted in the 2000 movie, "Remember the Titans."

PoliceOne Offers

Sponsored by

P1 on Facebook

Connect with PoliceOne

Mobile Apps Facebook Twitter Google

Get the #1 Police eNewsletter

Police Newsletter Sign up for our FREE email roundup of the top news, tips columns, videos and more, sent 3 times weekly
See Sample