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This St. Marys police chief will soon take over the Oakwood department
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St. Marys Police Chief Tim Hatch will replace longtime Oakwood Police Chief Randall Moon, who retired March 1. - photo by For The Times

Oakwood has a new police chief.

St. Marys Police Chief Tim Hatch has been named to the post effective April 22, replacing longtime Chief Randall Moon, who retired March 1.

“Chief Hatch’s selection was the result of an extensive search process,” City Manager Stan Brown said in a news release on Wednesday, March 20. “I am confident that Chief Hatch is the right choice, at the right time, to lead the Oakwood Police Department.”

Brown added: “Building upon the foundation set by (Moon), Chief Hatch will continue the department’s focus on reducing crime and improving the quality of life for our community. With an outstanding group of professional officers on staff, I look forward to Chief Hatch leading our department to even greater success as we move forward.”

With family in the Atlanta area, Hatch was already familiar with Oakwood and Hall County, he said. So, moving to Oakwood isn’t that big of a transition.

Besides, “my wife and I — our hearts are in the mountains,” Hatch said.

His law enforcement career includes service with the University of Georgia Campus Police, Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, Henry County Police Department and 14 years as St. Marys’ police chief.

Hatch earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Mercer University and is a graduate of the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government Management Development Program and FBI National Academy.