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INDIAN SHORES – Chief Terry E. Hughes, who has headed the Indian Shores Police Department since 2014, has resigned. Chief Hughes tendered his resignation on Sept. 11, according to Town Administrator Bonnie Dhonau.

He has been with the Town of Indian Shores police force for 28 years, and had a career in law enforcement spanning 44 years. Hughes is originally from Ohio, and served in the Columbus Grove and Ottawa (Ohio) police departments early in his career.

Dhonau said of Chief Hughes, “He is very well loved by his co-workers and troops. He’s been my partner in taking responsibility for managing the town together over the past four and a half years and we will all miss him very much. Terry is a guy with a heart of gold who would do anything for anyone. He has a heart of service and has given so much to the residents of the Town of Indian Shores. His retirement is very well deserved.”

Former Indian Shores Police Chief E.D. Williams is returning to serve as interim chief of police and will be instrumental in guiding the town council through the process of selecting a new chief, Dhonau said.

The Indian Shores Police Department also provides law enforcement services to the town of Redington Shores. Mayor MaryBeth Henderson announced Hughes’ resignation at the Sept. 13 Town Commission meeting.

“Because of his physical condition and for health reasons, he feels his retirement is best for himself, his family, the town and the police department,” Henderson said.

“We’re going to miss him, but he has to take care of himself first,” she said.