ABBEVILLE, Ala. (WDHN) — Abbeville’s police chief has put his name in the hat for sheriff of Henry County.

Eric Blankenship became the police chief in January of 2021 after spending 11 years with the Henry County Sheriffs Department.

Blankenship grew up in Henry County and he plans to stay in the area for years to come.

He believes the county needs a passionate and dedicated sheriff, a sheriff that will enhance law enforcement in the future and connect with the citizens on a personal level.

He said that’s what got him the police chief position and he’d like to continue it as sheriff.

“Since I been here in Abbeville I brought the department transparency,” He said. “We have honor and integrity with all the officers on the street we have a lot of community involvement and try to get involved with our kids’ lives and start from there they know they can come to the police if they need help.”

As of now, there are three other candidates for the sheriff’s position.