Henry County police chief to retire

Russell Abernathy, a lifelong resident of Henry County, has held the top post since Feb. 2005.

In 1997, Abernathy retired from the Georgia State Patrol following 30 years of service. He was later employed as a consultant for the Carl Vinson Institute at the University of Georgia.

Abernathy, 64, said he plans to spend more time with his family in Tennessee.

The county manager is expected to name an interim chief, spokeswoman Julie Hoover-Ernst said.

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