Chief Hughes also served as the Chief of Police with a Municipal Agency in Ohio before moving to Florida in 1990. He has been with the Indian Shores Police Department for over twenty five years and has worked his way up the ranks from Detective, to Lieutenant, to Captain, and even Major, prior to his current rank of Chief. Chief Hughes is the Executive Director of the Police Department, overseeing all operations and functions of the agency. The Chief attained an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement in 1973, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 2009. He serves on the Pinellas County Police Chief’s Council, and as the Emergency Operations Manager for both Indian Shores and Redington Shores.
In addition to being a State Certified Firearms Instructor, Chief Hughes is certified to provide in-service training to Officers, as is required by Statute. In 2009, a then Major Hughes, attended the Disaster Preparedness Training at Ft. McClellan, Alabama. This in depth training provided by F.E.M.A., prepares first responders to react to a variety of natural and man-made disasters.
The Chief was awarded a Silver Star for Bravery by the Police Hall of Fame in 1994 for his bravery in an armed combat confrontation with an armed robber. As Chief Hughes puts it, "The bad guy shot and missed, I shot back and didn't." Chief Hughes is also State Certified as a Marine Patrol Officer and he has been recognized for his life saving efforts when he saved a family of six from their burning vessel on Memorial Day in 2007.
Although he has no intentions of retiring any time soon, Terry has said he hopes to retire one day, spoil his grandchildren and write his memoirs.