Benton County sheriff stepping away from daily operations following domestic violence allegations

BENTON COUNTY, Wash. -- Sheriff Jerry Hatcher is stepping away from daily operations at the Benton County Sheriff's Office, according to a document obtained by 4 News Now partner KAPP-KVEW.

In the document, Hatcher said he feels it is necessary to do so until a domestic violence case against him is resolved.

On Thursday, unions that represent deputies and corrections officers at the sheriff's office called for Hatcher's resignation so as to "not drag the employees, the reputation of this office or our community through his court process."

He said he's not resigning from his position as sherif, and that he's only stepping away to ensure the sheriff's office can perform with "as little disruption as possible."

Hatcher has placed Comm. Tom Croskrey in charge of daily operations. 

"I have an excellent department and Command staff fully capable of temporarily running the Sheriff's Office and ensuring we continue to deliver the excellent law enforcement service the citizens of Benton County deserve," Hatcher said. 

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Hatcher has been charged with fourth-degree domestic assault and tampering with a witness for allegedly choking his wife Monica in 2017, then pressuring her to recant her allegations in early October, several days after reporting the incident. 

Monica Hatcher filed for divorce last month, and she has since obtained a protection order against her husband. 

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