After twenty-three years working for the Hodgkins Police Department, and thirty-two years in law enforcement altogether, Sergeant Mike Pawlowski finally hung up his hat in November. Friends, coworkers, family, Chief Millsap, and Mayor Cummings all gathered at the Hodgkins Police Department for cake and coffee to see him off on November 21st, his last official day of work. Mayor Cummings and Chief Millsap presented Mike with a retirement badge. It was a tearful goodbye, as Sergeant Pawlowski has been an important part of the Hodgkins Police Department for a very long time now. Later, on Friday, January 26th, the Hodgkins Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police threw a big retirement party for Mike at the 115 Bourbon Street banquet venue in Merrionette Park.
Sgt. Pawlowski started his law enforcement career in Willow Springs, serving there for five years. He later served as a Special Agent with Norfolk Southern Railroad for three years before coming to Hodgkins in 1994. While at HPD, he served as a juvenile officer and a truck enforcement officer. He also did a stint in investigations. Known affectionately as “Big Mike” to many, he’s been a well-recognized and friendly face for the department and the community at large. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on December 8th, 2014.
I know you will want to join us in wishing Sergeant Pawlowski a very happy retirement!