According to Carthage Police Chief Greg Dagnan, on March 15, 1982, the Carthage Police Department hired a “ tall, skinny patrolman with really good hair who really wanted to be a detective.”

According to Carthage Police Chief Greg Dagnan, on March 15, 1982, the Carthage Police Department hired a “ tall, skinny patrolman with really good hair who really wanted to be a detective.”
On Tuesday, the Carthage City Council honored that “tall, skinny patrolman,” now known as Capt. Bill Hawkins, for 35 years of service with the city and the Police Department.
Hawkins is now second in command of the Department and has held that position for the past four years.
Hawkins, who is on leave because of an injury, was presented a plaque for his service and received the applause of the council.
Dagnan spoke of his memories of Hawkins' service.
“He put in his time in patrol before he could be a detective, and that was a time when there was no turnover in law enforcement, so it wasn't like he did eight months,” Dagnan said. “He was like eight or nine years in patrol. Bill eventually went into detectives and I can tell you, I was a detective at another agency at that time, and some of my best memories in law enforcement, not only the fun times but the really bad guys that got taken off the streets, they were working with Bill.”
Dagnan commended Hawkins for his service and the “countless” number of people he's helped in his career.
“He's been involved in some really big cases,” Dagnan said. “He took a lot of bad guys off the street, but here's one thing I'll say about Bill; my office is right next to his, he's a good friend. I get to watch him work every day, and the amount of people he's helped over 35 years we couldn't even count. I see the people he helps every day and over 35 years, it would be countless.”
Mayor Mike Harris gave his congratulations and sincere thanks for his service while presenting Hawkins with the plaque from the city.
Hawkins was a man of few words about the honor.
“It's been my pleasure,” Hawkins said. “It went by in the blink of an eye and I hope I did help somebody along the way.”