Cherokee Village Police Chief Jason French formally announced his resignation to member's of the Cherokee Village City Council May 7. French will be leaving the city after helping with the transition to the new police chief. French announced he will be taking a position working with State Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office and told the council of his appointment of Ricky Crook as the new police chief.
French said, "I would like to thank the citizens of Cherokee Village for the privilege to serve them as their chief of police. I truly appreciate the dedication of the mayor, city council and municipal employees who I now consider friends. Their diligent work and attention to detail can be seen through the community. The progress the police department and the city have made during the last year is a direct result of the collaboration among city employees, business owners and residents of Cherokee Village. Without this community partnership, these achievements would not have been possible.
"I have been offered and have accepted employment with the Attorney General's Office as the chief of the newly-formed Law Enforcement Division. This position will be responsible for developing, implementing and directing the security for the Attorney General's Office facilities, executive protection and trial preparation investigations. I am honored to serve Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and the state of Arkansas in this new position.
"In accepting this position, I asked the Attorney General for time to assist the mayor and city to assure a smooth and seamless transition. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel agreed in the importance of this. I have been working closely with the mayor and city council to ensure all matters regarding the police department are in good working order and are left in capable hands. I am proud to announce that Rickey Crook, current sergeant for the Cherokee Village Police Department, has been selected as the new chief of police upon my departure. I have full-confidence in Sgt. Crook's abilities to continue the professionalism of the department and maintain the high standards that we have established. Sgt. Crook's resume speaks for itself, but his day-to-day actions, ethical standards and sincere concern for our community are the true testaments."
French will be relocating to Maumelle to work with the Attorney General's office.