Jacksonville Police Chief Andrew Hawkes has accepted the position as future police chief for the town of Sunnyvale, a small town located east of Mesquite.
According to a release from Jacksonville City Manager Greg Smith, Hawkes has been with the Jacksonville Police Department as its police chief since July 2016.
Since that time, 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.”
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.”
He added 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.”
“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” Smith said. “Andrew has done a great job as police chief and has set the path for JPD’s continued success.”
The Town of Sunnyvale has contracted with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services for many years. Hawkes has been hired to start 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, the release stated.