MARIETTA - The Marietta Police Department is losing one of its finest to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
Detective Troy Hawkins submitted a two-week notice to the city police department on Friday, and will take on his new duties with the sheriff's office April 8.
"I've been looking for some advancement, but the opportunities are limited in the police department's detective bureau," Hawkins, 41, said Monday, adding that he had considered the move for some time.
He began his career as a patrol officer with the Marietta Police Department in July 1995, and joined the detective bureau in December 2002.
"I've always geared my career toward investigations. That's what I enjoy doing and believe that's where my talents lie in law enforcement," Hawkins said.
During his nearly 18 years of service with the city, Hawkins has been involved with hundreds of cases.
A few of the more high-profile include:
Daniel A. Keck of Marietta, a convicted child rapist who was sentenced in 2009 to 70 years in prison for 29 child sex crimes.
Landon Evans, formerly of Marietta, sentenced to 24 years in prison in 2011 after delivering his baby in a Marietta motel in 2008 and then killing her.
Matthew D. Wiseman of Marietta, sentenced to 16 years in prison in 2011 for a wave of breaking and enterings and arson for setting a fire after breaking into the business office of Austyn's Restaurant on Front Street.
"He's been a valuable officer in the department and we're sorry to see him go," said Marietta safety-service director Jonathan Hupp.
Hawkins said he's thankful for his time with the city department.
"The city has been good to me and made it possible for me to have this experience," he said. "But the city has also always had a close working relationship with the sheriff's office, and that will continue. We work together every day, constantly helping each other with our investigations."
Sheriff Larry Mincks said he's pleased that Hawkins will be joining his staff.
"He brings a lot of expertise in all areas of law enforcement, and is a very talented individual," Mincks said. "He'll be coming in as a lieutenant on my general staff, working in intelligence gathering and narcotics, as well as in other areas. And he'll likely spend time with our Major Crimes Task Force that works with other agencies, including the Marietta Police Department."
He noted Hawkins is also a certified Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy instructor who is currently teaching a law enforcement class at Washington State Community College.
"It would be my hope that he will do some training for our younger officers, too," Mincks said. "We're very happy to have him, and he'll be a great complement to our staff."
Hupp said Sgt. Greg Nohe will be taking over Hawkins' post in Marietta's detective bureau.
"Nohe had worked in the detective bureau before he became a sergeant," Hupp noted. "And Sgt. Bob Heddleston will eventually take the night shift where Nohe currently works."
Hawkins departure will leave the city police department with a total of four vacant positions that Hupp said he hopes to have filled by August.