Chief Deputy Michael M. Hatfield

Joined the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office in 1974.

Chief Deputy Michael M. Hatfield joined the Sheriff’s Office in 1974 as a deputy sheriff while attending Palmer College, where he majored in Police Administration.

In addition to attending college, Chief Hatfield has attended more than 250 specialized seminars, training conferences and workshops covering relatively every police discipline including, but not limited to: police administration; criminal investigation; handwriting analyzation; traffic accident reconstruction; crime scene photography; search and seizure; fire/arson investigation; hostage negotiations; field instructor development; drug smuggling investigation; forensic courtroom testimony; marijuana analyzation; constitutional law; asset seizure and forfeiture; management development; crisis intervention; internal affairs investigation; managing police discipline; human resources administration; budgetary formulation; preparation and presentation; federal and state grant writing. 

After being promoted to Corporal and Sergeant, he left the Sheriff’s Office in 1983 to accept a position as Special Agent with the South Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (ABC) — a State Police Agency charged with the criminal enforcement and administrative regulation of the storage; sale and consumption of beer; wine and liquor within licensed and unlicensed locations throughout the state.

In 1986, he was transferred to the South Carolina Governor’s Raid Team as a Special Agent assigned to drug law enforcement duties throughout South Carolina and the bordering states.

Hatfield rejoined the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office in 1989 as a Lieutenant assigned to Hilton Head Island, where he was the Division Commander.

In 1990, he was promoted to Captain and reassigned as Operations Officer at the Headquarters building in Beaufort.

In 1991, Hatfield was promoted to Chief Deputy. He held this position until 1995, when he accepted a position as a Senior Inspector in the Office of Professional Responsibility (Internal Affairs) with the South Carolina Department of Public Safety. Hatfield was transferred to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) in 1997 as a Senior Agent assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division, where he remained until 1999.

In 1999, Sheriff P.J. Tanner appointed Michael M. Hatfield as Chief Deputy for the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office; a position he has held ever since.

Career Highlights

Beaufort County Sheriff's Office

  • Chief Deputy
  • Captain (Headquarters Operation Officer)
  • Lieutenant (Officer in Charge — Southern Division)
  • Internal Affairs Investigator
  • General Sessions Court Liaison 
  • Field Training Officer
  • Sergeant (Patrol Supervisor)
  • Corporal
  • Patrol Officer

State Police Service

  • Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission
    Agent
  • South Carolina Governor’s Raid Team
    Special Agent 
  • South Carolina Department of Public Safety
    Senior Inspector
  • South Carolina Law Enforcement Division
    Senior Agent
  • South Carolina State Constable

Federal Law Enforcement Commissions

  • FBI
    Special Deputation 
  • United States Marshal
    Special Deputy 

Honors

  • 1980 Recipient of “ Who’s Who in American Law Enforcement ” Award
  • 2005 J. Edgar Hoover Foundation Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement
  • 2010 Strom Thurmond Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement

Appointments

  • Appointed a Kentucky Colonel by Governor Paul E. Patton
    2000
  • Commissioned an Honorary Alabama Colonel by Governor Don Siegelman
    2000
  • Bequeathed By Proclamation an Honorary Citizen of Alabama by Governor Don Siegelman
    2000
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