After a 33-year career in the police force and nine years as the Olympia police chief, Ronnie Roberts announced he is retiring on Dec. 6.

Roberts started his career in Eugene, Oregon, where he ultimately oversaw patrol operations, special investigations, criminal investigations, and police administrations. He went on to serve a chief of police in Redmond, Oregon, and accepted his current role in Olympia in 2011.

“It is with mixed emotions that I step away from this noble profession,” he said. “We have made considerable progress in building strong community relationships and partnerships, and I believe the Olympia Police Department is well positioned to continue to lead law enforcement in 21st century policing.”

According to The Olympian, an interim police chief will be announced in the next week.

A reception will be held in Roberts’ honor at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Olympia City Hall Council Chambers, 601 4th Ave. E.