Hampton Police Chief David Hobbs on his way to an MA Community College

HAMPTON – After 23 years in the green uniform of the Hampton Police Department, including two as chief, David Hobbs is retiring and entering a new phase in his career as a law enforcement officer.

“I’m going to be chief of police and director of safety at Northern Essex Community College (in Haverhill, Massachusetts),” Hobbs said. “I see it as a unique opportunity.”

Hobbs, 45, has spent more than two decades serving the people of Hampton, where he has spent his entire career as a law enforcement officer.

“As a kid, I felt like police work was where I leaned in; through high school and college,” Hobbs said. “I wanted to do something challenging, something different every day. A career where you can make a difference.”

The son of the late Patricia and David Hobbs of Kingston, Massachusetts, Hobbs graduated from Silver Lake Regional High School in his hometown and received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Bay State’s Framingham State College in 1999.

It was during a senior year internship at the New England Institute of Law Enforcement Management at Babson College that Hobbs met a police officer who was taking courses at the institute, a man who would define Hobbs’ career: Jamie Sullivan.