- Associated Press - Thursday, July 17, 2014

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes is resigning his office to become the state’s assistant director of homeland security.

Hughes says his last day as sheriff in Dothan will be Aug. 17, and he will start his new job in Montgomery on Aug. 18. He will work alongside Spencer Collier, the secretary of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

Hughes was elected sheriff in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. He says Gov. Robert Bentley will appoint someone to serve the last few months of his term, and the Houston County Republican Executive Committee will appoint someone to take his place in the sheriff’s race for the general election on Nov. 4.

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