During the past three years, Jacksonville Police Chief Andrew Hawkes has made numerous improvements to the city's police department.
However, on Tuesday, city officials announced Hawkes has accepted a position as police chief for the town of Sunnyvale, a city located east of Mesquite.
Hawkes said, “The Jacksonville Police Department has outstanding employees that have come together and worked tremendously hard as a team to make an outstanding, professional law enforcement organization. I will miss working with each and every member of the team.”
Hawkes will be starting the Sunnyvale Police Department from the ground up, and was the lone finalist out of 96 applicants in a national search led by Strategic Government Resources, according to a news release from the city. Sunnyvale has contracted with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services for many years.
He said that he and his wife, Tammy, “are excited to be moving back to the Metroplex area, and I am eager to get started building a premier law enforcement organization in the town of Sunnyvale.”
Hawkes brought best practices through the Texas Police Chief Association “Recognition” program, the release noted, adding that “under his command, JPD also began a bike patrol program, a canine team, National Night Out program in both 2017 and 2018 ranked 18th in the nation, and has recently purchased a drone for the department.”
Also during his tenure at the JPD, he helped get a new illuminated sign for the department, helped remove mold from a retaining wall and had the front lobby remodeled to make it safer for personnel.
“We appreciated Chief Hawkes' dedication and service to Jacksonville and wish him the best of luck in his new position as Sunnyvale’s Police Chief,” Jacksonville City Manager Greg Smith said. “Andrew has done a great job as police chief and has set the path for JPD’s continued success.”