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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