More About Mike

MICHAEL A. HAWLEY knows of what he writes. Sheriff of Island County (Washington State) since 1996, Hawley’s 15 years of experience in law enforcement give him distinct advantage when writing mystery novels.  His newly released  detective story, THE DOUBLE BLUFF, has that ring of authenticity and gripping pace only a top-notch police procedural can deliver.  Mike began writing mysteries in his early days at college (BA – Psychology, Western Washington University, ”74; BA – Education, University of Washington, ”79), and continues to turn out tales of suspense in his spare time.


Mike runs the Island Co. Sheriff’s Office, overseeing 70 employees who keep safe the lives and property of  the 75,000 residents and millions of visitors to Whidbey and Camano Islands.  Before being elected the Chief Law Enforcement Officer, Mike gained policing skills the old fashioned way  – working up through the ranks from Deputy Sheriff, to Detective, Jail Manager, Internal Affairs Lieutenant, and Undersheriff.  He is also a graduate of the FBI Regional Command College, and an adjunct lecturer in Criminal Justice for Chapman University at NAS Whidbey Island, where he obtained his MS in 1995 (Human Resource Management and Organizational Design).  


Mike is a member of the Wa. State Criminal Justice Advisory Council, Wa. Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs, Western States Sheriffs Association and National Association of Sheriffs.  He also chairs the County Law and Justice Committee, and served for a decade on the  Mental Health & Substance Abuse Advisory Board. Prior to his law enforcement career, he taught high school social studies, and was part owner in a trucking and warehousing company in Seattle.


Mike and his family reside on South Whidbey Island on a hazelnut farm.  His wife, M’Liss Rae Hawley, is an internationally known quilt maker and textile designer with numerous published books.  (see  Their children, Alex 18 and Adrienne 15, attend South Whidbey High School.