JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) – Chief Ken Hatmaker was officially sworn in as the man in charge of the Jeffersontown Police Department Wednesday night.

It was a childhood dream come full circle. Chief Hatmaker told everyone he knew he wanted to be in law enforcement at a young age after doing a ride-along with Louisville Police.

He told that story to a crowded room full of friends, family and colleagues at Jeffersontown City Hall.

Chief Hatmaker has been with Jeffersontown Police for close to 16 years and has been in law enforcement for a total of 20 years.

With his new chief badge on his uniform, Hatmaker said despite not being a teary-eyed guy, it was a powerful moment.

“Very emotional and overwhelming -- humbling. You look around the room and see the folks that have taught you, mentored you, love you, cared for you and it chokes you up,” Chief Hatmaker said.

As Chief he  hopes to increase the size of the department. He also hopes to increase diversity in the force in all forms including background as well as experience. He said the more diverse you are, the stronger the department is.

Chief Hatmaker also promoted two of his men to majors.

He became chief after former Chief Rick Sanders became the commissioner for Kentucky State Police.  

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