“Now mom,” she said, “having a bathroom here doesn’t mean you can spend all your time in the office as you have to come home sometimes.”
Although she hopes to “go home sometime,” Hawkins, who recently moved into her new office, said she views it as a “great opportunity to make a big difference in an already great community.”
Hawkins, an Ohio native and proudly calls herself a “Buckeye through and through,” brings more than 25 years of law enforcement to the office and, as she likes to say, has molded her career to serving the people she work with and the people for whom she works, meaning the citizens and businesses of Clayton County.
“It was a big decision for me to come to Clayton County,” she said. “However, looking at the values the department has of honor, integrity, professionalism and transparency, I knew it was the right choice for me.”
Starting her law enforcement career in 1988 with the Atlanta Police Department and, while with Atlanta, she gained valuable experience in a variety of positions from patrol, crime analysis and investigations to internal affairs.
She retired from the Atlanta Police Department in 2006 as the assistant zone commander in Zone Three and, from there, went on to help develop the new Sandy Springs Police Department where she was instrumental in developing procedures and practices for an “efficient, forward-thinking police department.”
Although she brings a wealth of law enforcement knowledge to Clayton County, her core values of the role of as police officer hasn’t changed.
“My job in Clayton County is that I am a servant of our residents and I am working for the people of Clayton County,” she said. “We are all servants here in the police department because it is our duty to protect those that call Clayton County home and, in so doing, enhance their quality of life.”
Having already made herself well known throughout the county, the self-avowed tomboy said she comes from a family of athletes and has always loved competition.
However, that love has led her to a sport that many females would avoid at all costs.
“I like the usual running and competitive running events but have found it enjoyable to do them in the mud, such as mud running and running obstacle courses in the mud,” she said. “Now that’s a challenge.”