Alabama Public Safety Director Hugh McCall Retires

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama Public Safety Director Hugh McCall has retired after more than 30 years in state law enforcement.

McCall's retirement was effective Monday. A spokeswoman for the governor says he's named John Richardson to fill-in as director until the Department of Public Safety merges into the new Alabama Law Enforcement Agency in January. Richardson has been serving as assistant director of the law enforcement division of the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

Gov. Robert Bentley appointed McCall to lead the department at the start of his administration in January 2011. McCall began working for the department in 1980. The department says that as director, he oversaw 1,500 employees and administered an annual budget of more than $180 million.

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