Hatchett is currently serving as an assistant district attorney. He plans to step down at the end of December or first of January.
“It has been my distinct honor to serve the people of the 10th Judicial District for the past 7 1/2 years as a prosecutor, and I look forward to serving as district attorney general,” Hatchett said.
Born in Copper Basin, Hatchett grew up in Coker Creek in Monroe County.
He noted his family has “always lived in this region in Tennessee. I am thankful to be able to come home and serve people who helped make me who I am.”
He graduated from East Tennessee State University with a degree in criminology. He planned to become a police officer. He also is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law.
“But life often takes us in different paths than we plan,” he noted. “I ultimately decided I could do more to protect the public in the courtroom as a prosecutor.”
He began working for the District Attorney General's Office in May 2006. He has spent his time as a prosecutor in Bradley County.
Currently he resides in McMinn County with his wife and daughter.
“I have a vested interest in making every county in the 10th Judicial District a safe place to live and work,” he said.
“I have had the good fortune to work first for Jerry Estes, when he was district attorney general, and then Steve Bebb when he became district attorney general in 2006,” he said.
“I thank both for giving me the opportunity to work as a prosecutor.
“I have also been extremely blessed to work with some of the finest law enforcement officers, not just in Tennessee but in the nation. I look forward to building on the cooperative relationship that exists between the District Attorney General's Office and all of our law enforcement agencies in the 10th Judicial District.
“Finally I want to thank my family and friends for their encouragement and support.
“I would not be running for office if not for them, as well as the residents of the district who have voiced their support,” Hatchett said.