West Hollywood Public Safety Director, Kristin Cook, Resigns After 21 Years

Kristin Cook

Public Safety Director, Kristin Cook, has resigned after over 21 years of working for the City of West Hollywood. She has asked the City of West Hollywood’s Communications Department to clarify that she is not retiring but stepping away from Public Safety and exploring other opportunities. According to a source, she gave a two-week notice.

Cook shared the following statement with City Staff:

“I’m about to embark on a new adventure and completely shift gears. I’m stepping away from public safety and exploring opportunities closer to home. My son only has three more years left before he goes to college, and the pandemic made me realize that life is precious and goes by fast. I remember him as a toddler holding onto Sal Guarriello’s leg so tightly for sanctuary as Jeanne Dobrin tried unsuccessfully to pick him up. Fast forward 15 years, and I don’t want to miss another moment.”

According to her LinkedIn profile, Kristin Cook has been working for the City of West Hollywood for 21 years and 5 months. She began as an Emergency Service Coordinator in December 2000. She worked in that position for three years and nine months before she was promoted to Public Safety Manager in August 2004.

She held the position of Public Safety Manager from August 2004 to June 2013, for a total of eight years and 11 months.

She was then promoted to Director of Public Safety on July 2013. For eight years and 10 months, Kristin provided oversight of the Public Safety Department, managed the 20 million dollar law enforcement contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and served as the liaison to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Her complete biography in weho.org is below:

West Hollywood’s Public Safety Director Kristin Cook provides oversight of the Public Safety Department, manages the 20 million dollar law enforcement contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and serves as the liaison to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The Public Safety Department fosters a community policing approach and coordinates targeted community programs to reduce crime and increase public safety and neighborhood livability for citizens, businesses, and visitors to West Hollywood. The Public Safety Department is responsible for emergency management and disaster preparedness for the City of West Hollywood and also coordinates law enforcement, fire, and EMS personnel for all major special events utilizing a unified command approach. Kristin graduated from Northwestern University in 1994 and received a Master of Public Health (MPH) with a focus on emergency management from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2000. Kristin has been with the City of West Hollywood since 1999, previously serving as the Emergency Management Coordinator and then the Public Safety Manager. Prior to joining the City, Kristin worked for the Children’s Memorial Medical Center in Chicago, IL and the University of California, Los Angeles. Her professional memberships include the International Association of Emergency Managers and the California Emergency Services Association.

She respectfully declined an interview.

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