Corrections officials shook up the administration at Hays State Prison this week by appointing a new warden and removing one of the deputy wardens.
Walker State Prison Warden Scott Crickmar will take over at the maximum security prison in Trion, Ga., on July 1.
Deputy Warden Shay Hatcher is being promoted and moved to Rutledge State Prison on the same day.
Hatcher was head of security during the prison’s most recent violent history when four Hays inmates were killed in an eight-week spree.
“Hatcher has worked his way up through the ranks,” State Department of Correction Commissioner Brian Owens said in a statement. “His experience will serve him well in his new role.”
At Walker, former Lee State Prison Warden Bruce Lee will take over in Crickmar's place.
Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...