Serving Chief of Police-Chief Thomas E. Hawley
[May 4] GREEN BAY/ A former Green Bay police
chief has the Guinness Book of World Records stamp of approval.
The late Chief Thomas E. Hawley has been officially recognized
by the Book of World Records as the World’s Longest Serving Chief
Chief Hawley served as the City of Green Bay
Police Chief from August 17, 1897 to June 1, 1946 – a total of 49
years. This new world record is a fitting tribute to the rich history
of the Green Bay Police Department, which will be celebrating its
150th anniversary on August 27.
The Green Bay Police Department officially began
on August 27, 1857 headed by Police Chief Henry Baird and within
a few years the department consisted of five officers. Since then
it has grown to 192 sworn officers serving a population exceeding
A historic display at the Neville Public
Museum is scheduled for June 9 thru July 15. This display will include
historic uniforms, tools of the trade, investigative equipment,
historic photos, and more.
A police department open house is also planned
for Saturday, August 25, from 10 am to 3 pm.
The general public is encouraged to donate
any Green Bay Police Department memorabilia, including photographs,
equipment, call boxes, uniforms, badges, and anything else of historical
If you have an item that you would like to consider
donating, please contact Mike Erickson at 448-3265.
World's Longest serving Chief of Police