Earlier this month we learned that Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins was being considered for a job as Police Chief in another state. Fortunately for us, it doesn’t seem like he is going to take the position.

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Chief Hawkins was one of the final applicants being considered for the position of Police Chief in Akron, Ohio.

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan made a statement to members of the media verifying that Chief Hawkins was being considered for police chief in the City of Akron, Ohio. Law-enforcement officers from Portland Oregon, Bellevue Washington, and Philadelphia were also being considered for the job.

Just last week, Mayor Horrigan made a statement saying that the city had not decided who they would hire as their new Police Chief.

Earlier in the month, Chief Hawkins acknowledged that he was being considered for a new position but he said that he had not been offered employment at that time. He said that he is intrigued with Akron because it was a city that is similar to other areas where he worked as Chief of Police.

Chief Hawkins released a statement to let the people of Albany know that he intended to stay. He said, “ After careful consideration, I have decided to withdraw from the police chief selection process with the City of Akron, Ohio. As is customary with police chiefs across the country, a recruitment firm invited me to participate in the process. While I appreciate the opportunity, my heart and commitment remain in the city of Albany. I look forward to continuing to work with this great community as we collaboratively enhance public safety and quality of life.”

Chief Hawkins has been with the Albany Police Department since 2018. I’m sure that Chief Hawkins’s job is not an easy one, but it is really reassuring to know that he is committed to making Albany a better place to live.

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