He has been appointed as Assistant Director for Homeland Security with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. The appointment is being made Spencer Collier.
Hughes was first elected sheriff in 2006, defeating 12-year incumbent Lamar Glover. He was selected by the Houston County Republican Committee after the party’s nominee, Edward Charles Gibson, passed away unexpectedly. Despite his late entry into the race Hughes defeated Glover by a 2-1 margin despite being considered by many to be long shot. He was re-elected in 2010, defeating Eddie Ingram by a 72-28 percent margin.
Hughes was previously an officer with the Dothan Police Department where served more than 16 years. He was forced to resign after it was determined Hughes could not legally campaign while a member of the force.
Hughes was critical of then Police Chief John Powell claiming Powell wrongly passed him over for promotion. At the time Hughes said morale in the department was at its lowest level in years. Powell resigned in 2009.
Hughes has long been considered a rising star in law enforcement and enjoys strong popularity among the state and federal law enforcement community. He was rumored several months ago to be under consideration for a federal law enforcement job. Hughes denied the rumors.
The Houston County Republican Executive Committee will select a candidate to replace Hughes on the ballot. There is no Democratic opposition.