City Of Centralia Selects Former Columbia Police Sergeant As New Police Chief

A former Columbia Police Department Sergeant is being selected to be the next chief of police in Centralia.

The Centralia Board of Aldermen appointed Harlan Hatton as its new police chief at its regular meeting last (Monday) night.

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The appointment comes after former Police Chief Bob Bias stepped down in September and three officers also resigned following Bias’ resignation.

Hatton has 24 years of experience in law enforcement.

Members of the Centralia Fire Department, Centralia R-VI School District, and Boone County Sheriff’s Department were included in the hiring process.

Hatton begins the position on December 13th.