Hawke getting job done

We are pleased as punch with the performance of Jeff Hawke in his nearly one-year reign as director of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.
Dec 28, 2012


It’s not easy to please all of the police officers, firefighters, administration and city residents — but from what we are hearing, Hawke, a Cadillac native, is doing it.

The city conducted more than a yearlong search after Director Dennis Edwards was dismissed as Grand Haven's public safety director, and it appears the lengthy process was well worth the time and effort put into it.

In recent years, the department has been plagued at times with disgruntled officers and low morale.

A veteran officer told us recently that he didn’t think there was a single officer in the department who doesn’t sing the praises of Director Hawke.

The 26-year law enforcement veteran was a finalist for the job along with a Grand Rapids officer. We expect the Grand Rapids officer would have been a good choice as well, but our small community is much more akin to Cadillac than Grand Rapids. And we believe Hawke’s experience in a small, tight-knit community is one of the reasons why it has been such a great fit. The cities are similar in population, and both welcome a considerable number of vacationers.

Hawke said the welcoming atmosphere that greets visitors to northern Michigan is evident in Grand Haven, too.

“We came from a very friendly community, and people have extended a warm hand to us here,” Hawke said soon after taking on the Grand Haven job. “Every encounter we have had here has been positive. We’ve been very blessed by that, and it’s been a really, really good experience.”

It seems the feeling is mutual.

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Tribune are you serious? How about the October incident when officer "Todd DeVries early in the morning of Sept. 29, when DeVries reacted to some teasing and allegedly kicked another officer in the groin."The kick was hard enough to cause (the other officer) severe pain and brought tears to his eyes," the letter said.
The letter also claimed DeVries pulled out a pistol, removed some bullets and showed his co-workers a bullet on which was written the name of the officer he kicked.
"DeVries has been known to have other fellow officers' names written on bullets in his gun," the letter noted. This guy is still on the force!!!!!!


Perhaps you noticed that there was no follow up to that article and the Tribune was the only one to print the statements they received in an anonymous letter. I know I did. I was told by someone I know that was because that story is not even close to true. I just hope I never tick off someone who can get my name on the front page just by sending a bunch of anonymous accusations.

Back to the article, I'm glad to see the City took their time and got a good chief out of it. Hopefully this continues after the honeymoon is over.


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