Bringing Gardner into a New Age
Since being sworn into office in 2008, Mayor Hawke has continually worked to bring Gardner into a new age. During his tenure, the City has moved to quarterly tax billing, created an Economic Development Coordinator Position, invested large sums into the city’s infrastructure, renovated and updated all of the city’s playgrounds and improved the city’s bond rating to the best it has ever been. Since 2008, numerous businesses have opened their doors within the city, and the city’s economic status is the best that it has been in recent history. The city has constantly invested in its school system, most recently through the creation of the Williams-Rockwell Educational Trust fund, as a result of the auction of Norman Rockwell’s painting, "Willie Gillis in Convoy," to give back to the school system for generations to come. The City’s partnership at the state level has also strengthened, with the City being one of the first communities to sign on to the Baker Administration’s Commonwealth Community Pact. The City has also received over $3 million for developing the Rear Main Street area and the former Garbose Metal Recycling site. While the City has experienced significate achievements under the leadership of Mayor Hawke, he continues to work under the premise of Robert Frost’s famed line “we have miles to go before we sleep.”
Mayor Hawke attended Gardner public schools and graduated from Gardner High School as a 3-sport letter-man. He went on to earn his Associates degree from Mount Wachusett Community College, Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Anna Maria College.
Prior to his election, Mayor Hawke served as the City of Gardner's Grants Administrator for over 6 years. Preceding his employment with the City, Mayor Hawke worked in the private sector as a Business Analyst for a wireless communications company, an Operations Manager for a transportation company and a Logistics Analyst for a waste management company.
Community Involvement Mayor Hawke has always been involved in his community and has served as President of Gardner Square Two (Gardner's Downtown Association), on the Board of Directors of the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Board of Trustees at Mount Wachusett Community College and the Board of Incorporators of Heywood Hospital, and continues to serve on the Square Two, NCMYH, and the GFA Federal Credit Union Boards of Directors. He has also served as the President of the Massachusetts Mayor’s Association, and will be sworn in as the President of the Massachusetts Municipal Association in January 2018. Mayor Hawke is also an active member of the Acadien Social Club of Gardner, Napoleon Club of Gardner, Polish American Citizens Club of Gardner, Gardner Museum, Acadien Club Hockey League and City League Softball. He also coaches ice hockey, street hockey, soccer, and basketball in various leagues throughout the North Central Massachusetts region.
Mayor Hawke is the youngest of the late former State Representative Robert and Nancy Hawke's five children. He is married to Shelly (Sullivan) Hawke and they are the proud parents of a son.