After serving the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office in numerous capacities for the last 34 years, David Hawley is ready to hang up his guns and trade them in for a gavel for the position of justice of the peace in Precinct 2 in the upcoming primary election.

After serving the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office in numerous capacities for the last 34 years, David Hawley is ready to hang up his guns and trade them in for a gavel for the position of justice of the peace in Precinct 2 in the upcoming primary election.


"I will be proud to be the justice of the peace for Precinct 2," said Hawley in a prepared statement.


Currently an administrative lieutenant with the Sheriff’s Office, Hawley started as a jailer and has worked as a dispatcher, criminal investigator, patrol deputy, patrol sergeant, crime prevention specialist and public information officer. He has promoted to first and second lieutenant at the Sheriff’s Office.


"I have worked in the Civil Section of the Sheriff’s Office for the past 15 years handling civil papers, all types of writs, estray animals, and cruelty to animals cases, working closely with the J.P.’s Office on these investigations," Hawley said. "I have assisted the J.P. Courts as a bailiff and with evictions and truancy cases, and I feel this experience will help me as J.P.


"Coming up through the ranks of the Sheriff’s Office and having prepared cases, I know the laws of the state of Texas and what to file with the District Attorney’s Office. I feel I have the qualifications required to be a good justice of the peace. One of the man duties of a justice of the peace is being the coroner for the county, pronouncing people deceased and determining if an autopsy is required or not. With my many years in law enforcement, I have seen death and murder scenes, with our agency and others"


While employed by the Sheriff’s Office, Hawley procured more than $100,000 in grant funds with little or no cash match from the county. Those grant funds have paid for items including narcotics equipment to combat and detect the usage, sale and manufacture of illegal drugs and equipment to help deputies with their day-to-day work. The funds also supported crime prevention programs such as the McGruff Elementary School Puppet Program, educating youth on making the right choices and decisions in life regarding drugs, alcohol, bullying and impaired driving.


Hawley said he also has experience in helping to prepare the budget for the Sheriff’s Office. "I understand the budgeting process and have a good working relationship with the Commissioners Court," he added.


"I have lived in Grayson County for 53 years and am a graduate of Denison High School," Hawley continued. "I graduated from Grayson County College with a degree in Criminal Justice. I put my through the Texoma Regional Police Academy and became a reserve deputy for the Sheriff’s Office, working unpaid until I was hired full-time in 1980. I have more than 2,000 continuing education hours and have completed my advanced training through the police academy and hold basic, intermediate, advanced and master peace officers certifications in both law enforcement and corrections. I hold certifications as a crime prevention specialist and have specialized training in home security inspections, hostage negotiating, law enforcement instructor and have been trained in all four areas of incident command system at the scene and management levels in case disasters occur."


Hawley and his wife Kathy has been married more than 30 years and have two sons, Austin and Trevor, who are both Eagle Scouts and involved in the community.


"I have served and am presently serving Grayson County on a number of boards and committees. Some of those include Denison Independent School District’s Board of Trustees since 1993; Law Enforcement Advisory Board for the Texoma Council of Governments; and Texoma Youth Connection Board of Directors. I have also served the American Red Cross as a board member, disaster volunteer and instructor," Hawley said.


He is a elder and president of the Christian Men’s Fellowship for the First Christian Church in Denison, and is a member of the North Texas and Texas Crime Crime Prevention Association.


"I have the qualifications to run and operate the Office of Justice of the Peace Pct. 2. My reputation for being fair and impartial stands for itself, and I feel I am most qualified for the job," he said.