Chief Deputy Michael M. Hatfield

Chief Deputy 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 over 250 specialized seminars, training conferences and workshops covering relatively every police discipline to include, but not limited to: police administration, criminal investigation, handwriting analyzation, traffic accident reconstruction, crime scene photography, search & seizure, fire/arson investigation, hostage negotiations, field instructor development, drug smuggling investigation, forensic courtroom testimony, marijuana analyzation, constitutional law, asset seizure & forfeiture, management development, crisis intervention, internal affairs investigation, managing police discipline, human resources administration, budgetary formulation, preparation & presentation, federal and state grant writing, etc…

After being promoted to Corporal and Sergeant, he left 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 as 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, wherein leaving to accept a position as a Senior Inspector in the Office of Professional Responsibility (Internal Affairs) with the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS). 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 Tanner appointed Michael M. Hatfield as Chief Deputy for the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office; a position he has held ever since.


  • Patrol Officer

  • Corporal

  • Sergeant-Patrol Supervisor

  • Field training Officer

  • Court Liaison-General Sessions Court

  • Internal Affairs Investigator

  • Lieutenant- OIC Southern Division

  • Captain- Headquarters Operation Officer

  • Chief Deputy


  • Agent - Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission

  • Special Agent -South Carolina Governor's Raid Team

  • Senior Inspector- South Carolina Department of Public Safety

  • Senior Agent- South Carolina Law Enforcement Division

  • South Carolina State Constable


  • Special Deputation – Federal Bureau of Investigation

  • Special Deputy United States Marshal


  • 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


  • 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)

Chief Deputy Michael M. Hatfield


Phone: 843-255-3192

Beaufort County Sheriff's Office

2001 Duke St

Beaufort, South Carolina 29902


Phone: 843-255-3200

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