Albany has a new Police Chief. Eric Hawkins was confirmed by Common Council Tuesday night in a unanimous vote.
Hawkins comes to town from Southfield, Michigan. He answered questions from council members for several hours before the vote Tuesday night.
As for groups like the Guardian Angels, Hawkins says he's not opposed to anyone who wants to help in a collaborative way.
Hawkins also talked about the need for officers to be aware of how their actions are perceived.
WGY News spoke with Hawkins' former boss, Southfield, Michigan Mayor Kenson Siver, who praised the incoming Chief's commitment to community policing, saying "Eric has made a priority of hiring officers who are communicators. It's not about muscle, it's about the ability to talk to people and diffuse situations so they don't become something more than they need to be."
Hear the complete interview with the Southfield, MI Mayor below on the Chuck & Kelly podcast on iHeartRadio.
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan will hold a swearing-in ceremony for Hawkins on Friday, September 7, he officially starts his new job on September 5.