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Bill Hayes has been nearly a lifelong resident of Clawson, Michigan—a small town north of Detroit. After graduating from Clawson High School, where he was a First Team All-State football player, he attended Alma College and Eastern Michigan University. In April of 1966, he joined the Clawson Police Department.
Bill spent over 30 years as a police officer, including 22 years as a detective. This gave him the intimate knowledge of the City of Clawson that allowed him to write Two Square Miles: The Heroes of a Small Town and a second volume, Two Square Miles II: More Heroes of a Small Town.
In 1969 he married Barb Fraser—a Clawson girl—and had three sons: Kevin, Kyle, and Eric. Today, he his enjoying his retirement with plenty of travel, volunteer work with charities such as the Clawson Historical Society, and, of course, writing.