Chief Hawks has served as a since 1989 with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). He has promoted through the ranks from firefighter to his current position of Deputy Chief of Wildland Fire Prevention Engineering which encompasses defensible space and damage inspection. Chief Hawks has served on various Incident Management Teams (IMT) for 12 years, and is currently the Finance Section Chief for CAL FIRE’s IMT5. He also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forest Resource Management with an emphasis on Wildland Fire Management and a minor in Business Administration from Humboldt State University. He resides in Roseville, California with his wife and two daughters.