Chief of Police
2016-Appointed as Chief of Police
Chief Kenneth Hatmaker joined the Jeffersontown Police Department in November of 2001. Prior to returning home to Jeffersontown, he patrolled the streets in the West End of Louisville while employed by the Louisville Division of Police. While there, he developed his police skills and maintained a balance of service to the community and proactive law enforcement.
Hatmaker brought his philosophy of Community Oriented Policing to Jeffersontown and through actively patrolling his beat and getting to know members of the community, developed a long list of contacts, both criminal and non-criminal. These contacts were put to use quickly in 2006 in the newly formed Special Investigations Unit (SIU), where he targeted narcotics trafficking, gun crimes, and other violent crimes in Jeffersontown. While in SIU his peers voted him Officer of the Year in 2007. He was promoted to Corporal in Spring 2008, and remained a Detective in the SIU.
In the fall of 2008, Hatmaker was promoted to Sergeant and returned to midwatch to lead second platoon. After supervising the 2nd shift street platoon, Hatmaker returned to the SIU as a Sergeant, where he was again voted Officer of the Year in 2009 by his coworkers. In July of 2010, Hatmaker graduated from the Academy of Police Supervision, a three week intensive leadership course at the Department of Criminal Justice Training at Eastern Kentucky University.
Hatmaker was promoted to Major in the fall of 2010 and managed all investigative units including the Criminal Investigation Division and the SIU. He also supervised the drug K-9 Unit, as it works closely with SIU and our partners at DEA and ATF. His other duties included coordinating the annual drug disposal, preparing seized vehicles for auction, reviewing U-Visa requests for immigrants, and acting as court liaison. In addition to supervising police personnel, Hatmaker managed the police department fleet of approximately 75 vehicles, including numerous drug-seized vehicles put into police service.
Chief Hatmaker, combining a background in investigations with a firm belief in Community Oriented Policing, has spoken in group forums on various topics ranging from domestic violence (Take Back the Night, Victim's Group) to the resurgence of heroin in our community (2013 Kentucky District Court Judicial Conference).
Hatmaker was raised in the rural outskirts of Jeffersontown on a family farm. He earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Louisville, graduating Cum Laude. He then attended Chase Law School. He has since returned to the University of Louisville to attend the 125th Administrative Officer's Course at the Southern Police Institute. He has over 18 years experience in law enforcement.