2017-07-13 / Front Page

will act as interim sheriff after taking official oath of office

By JANE ELLYN AARON
news editor


Chief Deputy Sid Hatfield was officially sworn-in as interim sheriff last Wednesday by Superior Court Judge Britt Hammond. Hatfield will assume the position of acting sheriff until the special election for sheriff is held this fall. Chief Deputy Sid Hatfield was officially sworn-in as interim sheriff last Wednesday by Superior Court Judge Britt Hammond. Hatfield will assume the position of acting sheriff until the special election for sheriff is held this fall. Deputy Chief Sid Hatfield was of­ficially sworn in as the interim sher­iff for Lincoln County last Wednes­day, July 5, by Superior Court Judge Britt Hammond, and will assume the position until a special election for a sheriff is held.

According to .Commission .Chair­man .

Walker Norman, Hatfield – by law – was immediately named interim upon the passing of Sheriff Bruce Beggs.

“The law is very specific, and if a chief deputy is sworn into the posi­tion officially, then should some­thing like this happen, he assumes the position of sheriff immediately. Bruce did that [with Hatfield] in January, so he is now acting sheriff,” Norman said, including that “He is very, very qualified to be sheriff – he could be sheriff anywhere.”

“I have no plans to make any ma­jor changes out of my understanding and respect for the position that I’m in,” Hatfield commented. “When I found out [about Beggs] I melted like butter. Nobody saw this coming, nobody did. Bruce Beggs was a good man, he was a people person.”

According to Hatfield, he will carry on with typical items of busi­ness as usual, and will continue to carry out the plans that Beggs and himself set into motion until a new sheriff is elected to the position. “I will deal with whatever needs to be dealt with on a daily basis,” he assured.

“Since this tragedy occurred I have been made to feel accepted,” Hatfield continued, expressing his concern over opposition to his acting duty as sheriff. “I was worried that I wouldn’t find support, but I’ve had nothing but well wishes, and I thank God for that.”

Hatfield is in his 50th year of law enforcement, as he has worked not only with Lincoln County, with both the Richmond County Sheriff’s Of­fice and police force, the Georgia state probation office, and the Au­gusta District Attorney office.

With an understanding that “crime never stops,” everyone must con­tinue onward, despite this difficult time for the community, he said.

“We are very fortunate to have the quality of service that we have in the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Of­fice, and I look forward to working with everyone. We will simply take care of business until a new sheriff is put in,” Hatfield said. “I am deeply honored and humbled by this op­portunity to serve Lincoln County as interim sheriff, and I will do my best to provide quality law enforce­Hatfield ment to all.

“I will wait, just like everyone else, to see when the special election will be held,” Hatfield continued. “Once that election is held and a sheriff is chosen by popular vote – whomever that person may be – I will be more than happy to stay on and continue to help the new sheriff, but I also understand if they decide that they don’t want my help, and I’m prepared for that.”

“The clock keeps ticking and we must carry on and I know of no one that is more qualified to lead our Sheriff’s Office during this time than Acting Sheriff Sid Hatfield,” Norman included. “The Sheriff and I met this morning and I assured him he has my full support and I ask all Lincoln Countians to unite together during this very difficult time.”

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