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).
During Mayor Hawke’s tenure the City has moved to quarterly tax billing, revamped its static website to an award winning full-service site, overseen the transformation of an 80k+ square foot former manufacturing building into a 58 unit affordable assisted-living facility, created the first Economic Development Coordinator’s position in the history of the City, acquired the long vacant brownfield known as Garbose Metal Recyclers and obtained a $1,000,000 EPA Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund grant to assist with the cleanup, renovated the City’s Senior Center to include an elevator, new windows and a new heating system, improved the City’s bond Rating to its highest rating ever, implemented a senior tax work-off program, was the first community in the state to implement the new law known as Plan Design Authority saving
the City over $800k in health insurance costs, began a renovation plan for all City Parks and Playgrounds, worked with a developer to bring a new 120k sq ft shopping plaza to the City along with its anchor tenant of Price Chopper, and implemented the City’s first pavement management plan among numerous other accomplishments and improvements to the City.
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.