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Mayor Sheehan to Swear In Eric Hawkins as Albany Police Chief

August 22, 2018

Date: August 22, 2018
Contact: David Galin
(518) 434-5100

For Immediate Release

ALBANY, NY – Today, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan announced Eric Hawkins will begin his tenure as the Chief of the Albany Police Department on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.  Chief Hawkins enters the role having served as Police Chief in Southfield, Michigan, since 2012, and has served the Southfield Police Department for almost three decades.  Mayor Sheehan will swear in Eric Hawkins as Chief of the Albany Police Department at a ceremony on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 10 a.m. in the City Hall Rotunda.

“I would like to thank the Common Council for their swift review and unanimous confirmation of Chief Hawkins,” said Mayor Kathy Sheehan.  “I am looking forward to working with Chief Hawkins as we continue our efforts and firm commitment to community policing and 21st century policing strategies here in the City of Albany.”

Chief Hawkins earned a Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, holds a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University, a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from Central Michigan University, and an Associate’s in Business Administration from Oakland Community College.  He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, Eastern Michigan University’s School of Police Staff and Command, the FBI Command Institute for Police Executives, and Central Michigan University’s Law Enforcement and School Liaison Program Institute. His professional affiliations include:  International Association of Chiefs of Police, FBI National Academy Associates, FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

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