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Scott Cook named deputy chief of Weirton police

Craig Howell - Lt. Scott Cook was sworn in by Mayor Harold Miller as the new deputy chief of the Weirton Police Department during a Tuesday ceremony at the Millsop Community Center.

WEIRTON — The Weirton Police Department has a new deputy chief, following a ceremony held Tuesday.

Standing before a group of family, friends and fellow officers, Lt. Scott Cook received the oath of office in the Weirton Room of the Millsop Community Center, officially becoming second-in-command of the city’s finest.

“Today, we’re here to honor a special guy,” Mayor Harold Miller said in welcoming those in attendance.

The mayor described Cook as a dedicated officer, saying he was neither arrogant nor self-centered. Miller added Cook is a good representative of the police department and is respected in the community. Following the ceremony, Cook expressed his appreciation to the mayor and other city officials, his family, the Weirton Police Department and the Police Civil Service Commission.

“Thanks for the opportunity,” Cook said.

Police Chief Charlie Kush noted, following the retirements of former Chief Rob Alexander and former Deputy Chief Ricky Grishkevich, Cook stepped in to oversee departmental operations for two months.

“He’s done a fantastic job,” Kush said. “I think he’s going to add a lot to the administration.”

City Manager Joe DiBartolomeo also offered his congratulations, explaining taking a position of leadership will provide challenges and opportunities.

“It’s a lot tougher than people realize,” he said.

The position of deputy chief was created in 2019, replacing the rank of captain and taking on additional administrative duties.

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