Mayor Hawke first took office on January 7, 2008. When at the age of 35, he became the City's fourth youngest Mayor behind former Mayors Stephen Erickson (21), Alan Agnelli (23) and Gerald St. Hilaire (31).
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 the best that it has been in recent history. The city has constantly invested in its school system, most recently though the creation of the Williams-Rockwell Educational Trust fund, created through the auction of Norman Rockwell’s "Willie Gillis in the 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 and the city receiving over $3 million for developing the Rear Main Street area and the former Garbose Metal Recycling site. While the city has seen large amounts of advancements recently, Mayor Hawke continues to work under Robert Frost’s famed line “we have miles to go before my sleep.” Mayor Hawke has continued to work to make Gardner greater through state partnerships, community gatherings, and economic development projects.
Mayor Hawke attended Gardner public schools and graduated from Gardner High School as a three sport letterman. He then 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 six 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.
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 continues to serve on the Board of Trustees at Mount Wachusett Community College, the Board of Incorporators of Heywood Hospital, Square Two Board of Directors and the GFA Federal Credit Union Board of Directors. 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.
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.