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Hawkins Named New Police Chief
(Fayetteville, N.C.) — Fayetteville City Manager Doug Hewett announced Gina Hawkins as the City’s new police chief at a press conference on Tuesday, June 27. She will begin on Monday, Aug. 14.
“I have selected Gina Hawkins as the next City of Fayetteville Police Chief,” said Doug Hewett, Fayetteville City Manager. “Selecting the new chief is one of the most difficult decisions I have been faced with since becoming the City Manager and one that I don‘t take lightly. Gina brings a wealth of different experiences to this job and I look forward to what she will be able to accomplish with all of the great officers and staff who we have in our police department.
“I am also grateful for all that Interim Police Chief Anthony Kelly has done in his time as Interim Chief. He has kept the Police Department moving forward during some challenging times and will continue to be an influential asset within the Police Department.”
As deputy chief of the Clayton County, Ga. Police Department, Hawkins has overseen the Field Operations and Support Services Commands for a county of more than 260,000 residents. She is a multi-faceted criminal justice professional with 28 years of comprehensive experience. Hawkins reports directly to the Chief and assists in planning, organizing, directing and overseeing all operations of the Police Department. She has performed all the duties and responsibilities of the Chief of Police in his absence, by serving as Acting Chief of Police. She assisted in establishing goals and objectives, maintaining the department’s annual budget ($38 million) and establishing rules and procedures. She evaluated the operations of the Police Department and made recommendations for repressing criminal activity, preventing crime and maintaining order within the community.
Chief Hawkins holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University and a Master of Science in Management from Johns Hopkins University. She is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) at Boston University and is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Hawkins was chosen to be a delegate in the prestigious 23rd Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE), traveling to Israel with other law enforcement executives to study and evaluate the Israeli Police Force.
“I am thrilled to serve as Fayetteville’s new police chief and look forward to hitting the ground running very soon,” Chief Hawkins said. “Being able to serve as the police chief for the City of Fayetteville is a tremendous honor and I will be fulfilling one of my long-term career goals. The Police Department is best in class and values community policing while they are engaged with problem solving. I look forward to working with Anthony Kelly, who has done an excellent job as interim chief, and expect to learn many great things from him. Fayetteville is a great city heading in the right direction and I am excited to serve and work with its residents.”
In Fayetteville, she will oversee a nationally accredited law enforcement agency, which is currently comprised of 433 sworn officers and 187 nonsworn personnel and serves a population of 208,149 citizens.
Editor’s Note: A press conference will be held for Chief Hawkins at a later date.