Avery Cook named West Point Police Chief

Mary Rumore
Staff Writer

The West Point Board of Selectmen unanimously voted in favor of naming Avery Cook as the next West Point Chief of Police during Tuesday night’s meeting.

“I am excited that the board and mayor selected me to serve West Point as the Chief of Police,” Cook said.

Cook is replacing former Police Chief Tim Brinkley, who retired last month.

“Avery is experienced and energetic, and I know he will do a great job,” Mayor Robbie Robinson said. “I look forward to working with him to keep West Point as one of the top 10 safest cities in Mississippi, which we are currently ranked.”

Cook said he was born and raised in West Point and has worked in law enforcement for 18 years.

“My first 13 years were with the West Point Police Department,” Cook said. “I moved up in the ranks and served as assistant chief at one point. The last five years I’ve been a deputy with the Clay County Sheriff’s Department.”

Cook said the job was a service to the community, and his main goal as police chief is to fight crime and to keep the streets safe.

“Everyone deserves to feel safe in their own homes,” Cook said.

Cook said he will begin transitioning from the CCSD to WPPD on Monday morning.

WPPD Assistant Chief Albert Lee said the expects working with Cook to be a positive experience for the department.

“He’s no stranger to the department, and we’re looking forward to working with him,” Lee said.