Taking office in 2015, Ed Hawkins is a lifelong resident of Monongalia County. He lives on the remaining property of the dairy farm his grandfather started 100 years ago in 1918 in the Easton Community. He attended University High School, graduating in 1966 and then took a BA degree in English and a minor in History. In 1970, he began Dental School at WVU and graduated with a DDS degree in 1974.
Although being raised on a dairy farm, his father had a small construction company and this provided employment for Commissioner Hawkins from high school through his graduation from Dental School. Upon graduation, he accepted a position at Morgantown Dental Group. His career in dentistry spanned 40 years with a formal retirement in 2014, just before his election to Commission. A 4-H member as a youth, he is an All-Star and has remained close to Extension Services.
In 1988, he began his first public service as a member and president of the Camp Muffly Board and still serves on that board today. Currently Commissioner Hawkins serves on the MMMPO, the Metropolitan Theater Board, the Monongalia County Fair Board, the Monongalia County Historic Landmarks Commission, the Camp Muffly Park Board. He represents Commission with the Fireman Association, the West Ridge Development, the Extension and 4-H Center construction, and Osage Park. He is a member of the Farm Bureau and President of the Historical Society.
Outside of Commission he spends his time doing woodworking. Having built his own home, his current building project is a log cabin reconstruction. He gardens extensively, has a hobby orchard of 150 fruit trees and also grafts trees to gift to friends. A new enterprise is that of beekeeping in partnership with Jeremy Conklin. His garage is home to the second loves of his life, his sports cars. He is still active in 4-H as a leader of the Cheat Lake Sailor club for the past 35 years and serves as a counselor at the Older 4-H Camp to the gentlemen of Clinton Cabin. As dear as 4-H is to his heart, his driving force has always been family. His son Nickolas currently lives in Charleston, S.C. His parents and his grandfather impressed upon him the values of hard work and giving back through public service.