Benton County undersheriff, Jerrry Hatcher, announced his intent to run for sheriff at a press conference this morning.
Hatcher told media he would be dedicated to addressing mental health issues in the jail system, reducing gang activities in the community, and enhancing the special investigations unit, if appointed. Hatcher will be acting sheriff following Sheriff Steve Keane’s retirement, which will go into effect on April 1st.
All eight police chiefs have endorsed Hatcher, along with Sheriff Keane, as being the most experienced, qualified candidate. Hatcher has worked as the undersheriff for the past eight and a half years, and has worked in law enforcement for over twenty years.
“I got exposed to a lot of work the sheriff does and I think it's been well chronicled that he had cancer for the last two years,” said Hatcher. “It gave me the opportunity to work within his role as well and the experience was just invaluable. "
Hatcher is the third candidate to announce an intent to run for sheriff, along with Kennewick Police Department Sergeant Ken Lattin and Sheriff’s Detective Sergeant Bob Brockman.
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