UPDATE -- 10:15 p.m.
With the announcement of his resignation, Sheriff Andy Hughes is already being missed by many in the Wiregrass.
"I've known him for a long time professionally and personally. He has been a wonderful asset and not only protecting our community," said Cynthia Green of Wiregrass Rehabilitation Clinic.
He will take the position as Assistant Director of Homeland Security, working alongside Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier. He says he will miss Houston County.
" Whenever I was conversing with my employees at the courthouse a few minutes ago, I definitely cried. I did. I’ve had a lot of good times here, accomplished a lot here, and grown very close to the employees and it’s very bittersweet to be leaving," said Hughes.
A statement from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency on the addition of Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes:
"We are excited that Sheriff Andy Hughes is joining the leadership team at ALEA as an Assistant Homeland Security Director," Secretary Spencer Collier said.
"He is well respected in the law enforcement and public safety communities and his wealth of knowledge and experience will be an asset for the state."
UPDATE -- 3:20 p.m.
Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes has announced he is taking a position with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency as the Assistant Director of Homeland Security.
The Governor will appoint a person to serve as interim Sheriff until the November election, when the Houston County Republican Committee is expected to have someone on the November ballot. There is no Democratic opposition in November.
UPDATE -- 3:05 p.m.
Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes has resigned. He tells WTVY his last day on the job will be August 17th, with a new job beginning on August 18th.
Watch News 4 tonight for the latest.
DOTHAN, AL – Houston County is looking for a new Sheriff. Andy Hughes tells WTVY he will resign his position. The Houston County Sheriff’s Office has called a press conference for 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, although the purpose is not known at this time.
Hughes has been the Houston County Sheriff since 2006, when he defeated three-term incumbent Lamar Glover with 66 percent of the vote. Prior to his stint as Sheriff, Hughes worked for the Dothan Police Department for 16 years.
Joining the Dothan Police Department in 1990, Hughes was promoted to Corporal in 1992 and Sergeant in 1994. He served as a supervisor in the narcotics division, patrol division and the special operations division. He also served as a law enforcement instructor and SWAT team leader.
In 1995 he was recognized as Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for his work investigating and prosecuting major drug offenders. He was also recognized as One of Ten Outstanding Young Alabamians in 1995.
He also serves on the Dothan/Houston County E911 Advisory Board, Wallace Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, Child Advocacy Center Advisory Board, CrimeStoppers Board of Directors, and is a member of the Alabama Sheriff’s Association and the National Sheriff’s Association.
Watch WTVY News 4 tonight for more developments on this story.