Sheriff Lewis L. Hatcher was born and raised in Bladen County. In 1972, he graduated from Clarkton High School. He continued his education at Bladen Community College in Dublin, NC. After attending college, Sheriff Hatcher began what would be a life long decision to serve and protect others. He began his civil service in the Army, where he proudly served for three (3) years. After his service to our country, he returned to Bladen County. He joined Clarkton Police Department where he served for two (2) years. Sheriff Hatcher then served six (6) years with Bladen County Sheriff's Office. He decided to further his law enforcement career and joined the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. After twenty-six (26) years of service, he retired in 2006. Retirement did not last long for Sheriff Hatcher, however. He joined the Columbus County Sheriff's Office in 2006 as Lieutenant, supervising Columbus County Court Bailiffs. In 2007, he was promoted to Chief Deputy where he served until his appointment as Sheriff in January 2014. Sheriff Hatcher serves Columbus County with the utmost integrity and strong, non-biased principles.
Sheriff Hatcher and his wife, Doris, have two (2) children and three (3) grandchildren. He is an active member and Deacon of St. James Holiness Church in Council, NC. In his spare time, Sheriff Hatcher enjoys horseback riding, hunting, fishing, carpentry, and working on cars. He frequently speaks to civic and church groups on safety issues and concerns. His greatest desire is to see our youth grow into responsible law abiding adults with integrity and a heart for their community and its growth and development.