Albany Police Chief Russell Hutchinson, the longest-serving police chief in Louisiana, passed away yesterday at home with his family by his side. He was 71. Last year, Hutchinson was elected to his 11th term as Albany’s police chief. Hutchinson took office one day after his 30th birthday following an election in 1978 that ended in a tie with incumbent Carlton Staton. The State Commissioner of Elections determined two voters were not properly registered, which led to another election and Hutchinson’s victory. Over the years Hutchinson worked with seven different mayors and countless elected officials.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the visitation at Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home, Hammond, on Wednesday, October 16, from 5:00 until 9:00. Visitation will resume at Albany First Baptist on Thursday, October 17, at 9:00 a.m. until beginning of service at 11:00 with Masonic Rites Service. Celebration of life will begin at noon. A friend, Mr. Gene Hoyt, will officiate the services, and interment to follow at Hutchinson Cemetery in Albany.