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7:17 PM. Abbeville City Council Names Interim Police Chief

Rickey Stokes

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Posted by: RStokes
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Date: Jan 17 2023 7:23 PM

ABBEVILLE:      Abbeville Mayor and Abbeville City Council failed to agree on a single selection for the City of Abbeville new Police Chief.

The Mayor and Council did agree on a Interim Police Chief and named Erik Cabrera as Interim Police Chief effective immediately.

The police chief vacancy came because Abbeville Police Chief Erick Blankenship was elected as Henry County Sheriff. Blankenship took over the reigns as Sheriff as of 12:01 AM this morning.

Blankenship could not hold both positions.

The Abbeville Mayor and Abbeville City Council could save thousands of dollars by combining Abbeville Police Department with Henry County Sheriff Department. The combination would save the City of Abbeville a lot of money each year in expenses and insurance.

The Sheriff also enjoys an extreme amount of immunity that municipalities do not enjoy currently. So if the Mayor and Council combined the agencies into one that would free a lot of money now spent by Abbeville on law enforcement and the court system.

NOT SAYING there has been discussion in that area. But if they can not decide on a selection as Police Chief, this is a good option.


AMERI Pro Ambulance from Georgia was expected to be at the meeting for a presentation for EMS Service. RSN was not present for the discussion.

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