HR Strange But True!
August 23, 2001

The recent applicants for heading Montana's Department of Corrections included Sherman P. Hawkins, a man who boasted of knowing the prison system as well as anyone.

Indeed, Hawkins has about 28 years of experience - as inmate No. 13782.

In his application letter to Gov. Judy Martz, Hawkins admitted to being an "unorthodox" job candidate, according to the Billings Gazette. But he pointed to his master's degree in legal administration and his working knowledge of Montana's corrections system.

Yet, in a particularly poor choice of words for a man serving a sentence of life plus 37 years for murdering his first wife, Hawkins wrote: "I also do know how they have buried the bodies on mismanagement and waste for the past two decades."

He went on to suggest parole as the best way of getting around the inconvenience of his incarceration. "I would be able to start my employment immediately following job offer, acceptance and order for parole," he wrote.

Thanks but no thanks, Martz replied by letter. The administration had a number of qualified applicants, she wrote, and "you were not selected for a final interview."

Source: Billings Gazette.

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