Cook named Hancock police chief

by Geoff Fox

Rick Cook has only been with the Hancock Police Department since 2017, but has quickly risen from officer to sergeant last October and now to police chief.

In a surprise motion during a special meeting on January 2, Town Councilman Tim Smith made a motion to promote Cook, but his motion didn’t reach a vote.

The following week, Smith made the same motion and officials unanimously approved Cook’s promotion.

“I think you’ve done an outstanding job for us as a sergeant,” Smith said to Cook. “I you’ll make an excellent Chief for us.”

Councilman Leo Murray said Cook has been doing a great job on the police force.

Cook will be installed and sworn in as the new Chief of Police during the regularly scheduled town meeting in February.