COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Lewis Hatcher was sworn in as Columbus County's newest sheriff Tuesday morning.
Commissioners in Columbus County appointed Lewis Hatcher as the new sheriff during their meeting Monday night.
Hatcher, who previously served as Chief Deputy, replaces Sheriff Chris Batten who stepped down Tuesday. Hatcher worked for the Highway Patrol for 26 years, Bladen County Sheriff's office for five years, and also the Clarkton Police Department.
Hatcher said he plans to run for sheriff later this year after his appointed term is up in November.
The new sheriff will make $64,000 a year, which is about $6,000 less than Sheriff Batten made.
County Commissioners said they looked at the salaries of other sheriffs in the surrounding areas to help gage how much to pay Hatcher.
Sheriff Benson in Bladen County makes roughly $73,000 a year, and Sheriff Ingram in Brunswick County makes about $108,000.
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