Hughes Resign to Stay in Houston County Race

After 16-and-a-half years as a Dothan Police officer, Andy Hughes is resigning. He is currently running for Houston County Sheriff and a federal law prevents him from continuing his position as sergeant at the police department, if he wants to stay in that race.

Hughes says he received legal advice telling him he had two choices: either he could drop out of the sheriff's race or resign from the police department. Hughes says he will be the next sheriff for Houston County.

"Effective immediately, I resign my position as sergeant so I can continue running for sheriff," said Hughes

The announcement was made at a last minute press conference held at noon Thursday. Hughes has worked with the Dothan Police Department for years and says the decision was difficult, but definitely the right choice.

"It's a hard thing to do, to give up a job of 16 and a half years, but I had a commitment and I plan to fulfill it," he said.

The decision to resign came after Hughes received a letter from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel explaining his violation of the Hatch Act.

Members of the Republican committee are pleased with Hughes' decision.

"Andy is not going to cut corners. I'm glad he'll continue to fulfill his commitment," said Butch Binford of CHMN Houston County Rep. Comm.

Hughes' retirement is effective immediately.

Hughes turned in his letter of resignation to Dothan Police Chief John Powell earlier Thursday.

He says now he is looking forward to spending his extra time campaigning for sheriff during the next eight- and-half weeks.