A 27-year veteran of Eastern Illinois University’s Police Department has been appointed interim chief of police.
Lt. John Hatfill of Lerna will serve as head of the department until June 30, 2016, or until the position is permanently filled. He replaces Adam Due, who retired on Dec. 31, 2015, after 12-plus years in the position.
“Lt. Hatfill brings a depth of knowledge and experience to the interim chief position that will benefit EIU and our community partners,” said Lynette Drake, interim associate vice president for student affairs. “I’m pleased that he accepted this appointment.”
Hatfill noted there will be challenges, especially given the budgetary issues facing the university as a whole. “I realize there will be difficulties, but I appreciate the opportunity and look forward to moving the department forward,” he said.
Hatfill joined the UPD in January 1989 as a patrol officer, rapidly advancing to patrol sergeant, field training supervisor, patrol lieutenant/operations officer and, most recently, patrol lieutenant/director of parking operations. He concurrently served 10 years (2000-2010) as a deputy sheriff for the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in administration of justice from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, in addition to an associate’s degree in law enforcement from Lake Land College, Mattoon. Hatfill has also engaged in other training opportunities, including a two-month School of Police Staff and Command, offered through Northwestern University in Nashville, Tenn.