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About the City of Jacksonville

Located in the rolling hills of Cherokee County in East Texas, Jacksonville has always greeted its visitors with warmth and hospitality. We take pride in our scenic overlooks, strong industrial growth, recreational parks and state of the art baseball and soccer complexes.  We invite you to take a tour through our city and countryside by browsing through our web pages, bringing you closer to the "Star of East Texas".

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Andrew Hawkes


Chief Andrew Hawkes is welcomed to the City of Jacksonville PD by Captain and Interium Chief Daniel Franklin at a press conference held July 1, 2016. Chief Hawkes has an impressive background including Master of Science-Criminal Justice Leadership and Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas. a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science-Criminal Justice from Dallas Baptist University and certification from the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas Leadership Command College . 
Certificates, Licenses, and Commendations include: 

1999 Master Peace Officer License
2012 Collin County Sheriff’s Office “Employee of the Year”
2012 Medal of Valor-Collin County Sheriff’s Office
2013 Medal for Heroism, Sons of the American Revolution.
2013 Law Enforcement Commendation Medal, Sons of the American Revolution.
1997 Rotary International, Rockwall Chapter, “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year”
1996 Texas Narcotic Officers Association, “K9 Officer of the Year”
2007 Author, Secrets of Successful Highway Drug Interdiction
1997 Dallas Baptist University, Eunice Bass Merit Scholarship.
1990-present numerous service bars awarded.
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Over 2,200 C.E. hours including PIO, Background Investigator, SWAT and active shooter courses among numerous others. 















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Lake Jacksonville

The City of Jacksonville maintains the Lake Jacksonville Recreational area which is located about three miles from downtown Jacksonville and offers 1,325 acres of water. The lake is surrounded by homes and lovely East Texas scenery.

The Parks department maintains ten screened shelters, seven camping sites with water and electricity, and ten R.V. pads with water and electricity. There are three boat ramps on the lake and two public swimming areas. The camping area also has restroom facilities with showers for the campers.


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