- Associated Press - Saturday, August 16, 2014

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - After seven years as Houston County’s top lawman, Sheriff Andy Hughes is stepping down to take a new job.

The Dothan Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1t5f9is ) Hughes wrapped up his final workweek as sheriff Friday. But he won’t be taking any time off beyond the weekend.

On Monday, Hughes starts his new job as assistant homeland security director for the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. Hughes says he’ll miss the camaraderie in the sheriff’s department as well as the opportunity to work with deputies in the field.

Newly sworn Sheriff Donald Velenza will take over as Houston County sheriff starting Monday.

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Information from: The Dothan Eagle, http://www.dothaneagle.com

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