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Hawkins retires from Bainbridge police

Bainbridge Island Police Lieutenant Phil Hawkins has retired from the department.

Hawkins' last day as a city employee is Friday, March 14.

He has already served his last day on the job, however, and has turned in his badge, service weapon and other gear.

Hawkins is one of the department's four lieutenants. He has been with the Bainbridge Island Police Department since 1991, and before that, worked for the Winslow department before the island's incorporation.

He submitted a letter of resignation to the city on Feb. 25.

"I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to be employed by the city as a police officer for the last 23 years, and have found that portion of my career, which began 37 years ago, to be both fulfilling and rewarding," he said in the letter.

"I leave with a great appreciation for my fellow employees, as well as the citizens of this community," Hawkins concluded.

Bainbridge Officer Dale Johnson is now serving as an acting lieutenant, city officials said.

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