LAFOLLETTE (WATE) – The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office said the former Lafollette Vice Mayor and a senior member of the Lafollette City Council was arrested for selling and delivering drugs.
Hansford Lee Hatmaker, 74, was arrested during a drug round-up Wednesday and charged with two counts of selling and delivering narcotics. Hatmaker was booked on a $10,000 bond.
The arrest came after an investigation by the 8th Judicial Drug Task Force. The arrest is not Hatmaker’s first run-in with the law.
In 2007, a judge ruled ruled that Hatmaker, along with Mike Stanfield and Ken Snodderly held a secret meeting to discuss pay raises and open positions for friends. The issue almost caused a government shutdown when it was brought up at a budget approval meeting.
The judge ruled the pay increases may be granted, but council members had to first follow proper procedure by putting them on the agenda before they vote.
In 2013, the city administrator position became vacant when Cade Sexton resigned after his role in the wreck of a city owned SUV while traveling to a women’s correction facility in Memphis. It was later discovered Sexton was traveling with Hatmaker, who was vice mayor at the time, to visit a “friend” of Hatmaker’s at the prison. Both Sexton and Hatmaker claimed the trip was for city business.
The drug round-up is still in progress, according to the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office. Follow WATE 6 On Your Side for updates.