by Chris Harris
The City of Eubank has a new police chief ... but not a new employee.
Mayor Frey Todd told the Commonwealth Journal that he opted to let go of former police chief Luther Blanton and replace him with fellow Eubank law enforcement officer Colin Hatfield.
Blanton had been chief in Eubank for almost exactly two years, returning to his hometown after working in numerous other roles outside of Pulaski County, including as sheriff of Montgomery County, Ind.
However, according to Todd, “things (weren’t) working out the way we thought they ought to,” and the city decided “it was time to make a change” in police leadership.
“There was a lot of confusion for the last year or so,” said Todd. “Things (weren’t) going very.
“(Blanton) is a good police officer,” the mayor added. “I’d recommend him to anybody as a police officer.”
Hatfield was already on staff as the city’s second police officer, a position he’s held since May of this year.
“We have to have a police (chief), and he was already in the department, so we let him take over for a little while,” said Todd. “I think he can handle it all right. He seems like he’s doing a pretty good job.”
Hatfield is originally from Science Hill, where he started his career in law enforcement in 1995. He worked for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department as a narcotics detective from 1999 to 2004, but had been retired from that point until taking the Eubank job earlier this year.
“I was hurt in the line of duty on the job,” said Hatfield. “I did something to my back trying to get to a marijuana field where I was an undercover narcotics detective.”
Hatfield said that he’s “ecstatic” to have the chance to serve the citizens of the small northern Pulaski community in his new role.
“I just want to serve the people of Eubank to the best of my ability,” he said, “and to try to be the best officer they’ve ever had up there.”