published Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Hays State Prison leadership shaken up

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    Hays State Prison is located near Trion, Ga.
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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.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work. Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille. When Joy isn't chasing ...

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