Former Milton police chief declines old job

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Stacy Vogel
Saturday, December 29, 2007
— Milton officials seemed confident former Police Chief Terry Hawkins wanted the job when the Milton Police Commission appointed him interim chief.

After all, Hawkins called commission chairman Stephen Tupper to indicate his interest, Tupper said.

“He made it clear to me that he would be willing to help the city out in the short term,” Tupper said at the time.

But Hawkins has apparently changed his mind. He declined to accept the position under terms offered by the city council, the city announced Friday in a news release.

That leaves the police commission again looking for someone to take over when Chief Tom Gilland retires Jan. 7.

The commission appointed Hawkins interim chief Dec. 13 but failed to properly post the meeting and had to meet again to officially appoint him Dec. 18.

That night, the Milton City Council agreed to offer Hawkins the same hourly rate he was making when he retired three years ago, $31.25, City Attorney Mike Haas said. Hawkins would have been considered an independent contractor and would not have received benefits had he accepted the job, Haas said at the time.

Neither Haas nor Hawkins could be reached for comment Friday.

The police commission will meet at 7:30 a.m. Thursday to consider appointing a new interim chief.

Last updated: 10:06 am Thursday, December 13, 2012

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