Police Chief Chuck Hooker will retire from the Pflugerville Police Department on Jan. 6, 2016, the city announced Thursday.

Hooker joined the department in 1983 as a patrol officer, and has served as Chief of Police since 2004. Since 2005, the city said he has also overseen the city’s emergency management system.

“Chief Hooker has been instrumental in building the Pflugerville Police Department into a professional law enforcement agency that truly understands the benefit of community policing,” said Mayor Jeff Coleman in a release. “I applaud and am thankful for his service.”

“It has been my privilege and honor to serve the Citizens of Pflugerville throughout these many years and to have been a small part of the successes of our Police Department and City,” Hooker said. “It is the men and women who have served with me both past and present who deserve the credit for making our agency one of the finest Police Departments in Texas. I would like to thank all the city employees, my peers on the City Staff, City Manager Brandon Wade and the current and past members of our City Council for their support. It has been my honor to serve with you.”

The city added Hooker was honored by the Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

Pflugerville will honor Hooker during their Jan. 10, 2017 city council meeting. Assistant Chief Jim McLean will be serving as acting police chief, the city added.