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Report: Hawkins A Finalist For Akron Position

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins speaking Wednesday afternoon at the corner of First and Quail Streets
Lucas Willard
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Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins speaking Wednesday afternoon at the corner of First and Quail Streets

Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins is a finalist for the position of police chief of Akron, Ohio, according to a published report.

The Akron Beacon-Journal says Hawkins is one of four finalists for the job, along with officials from departments in Philadelphia, Oregon and Washington state.

The report says the finalists made it through a first interview with the mayor. A virtual public town hall is set for June 17. Hawkins was officially hired as Albany Police Chief in August 2018. The former Southfield, Michigan Police Chief began with a $145,000 annual salary.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, a Democrat running for a third term, released a statement Tuesday afternoon:

“It’s not surprising to me that a member of my leadership team is being sought out by another agency. I have the best team in the business and they receive job inquiries and offers all the time.”

In a statement to WNYT, Hawkins said: “I do not have an offer of employment from another law enforcement agency. I will continue to devote all of my time and energy to the City of Albany.”

 

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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