Sacramento police Chief Rick Braziel has announced he will retire at the end of this year.
Braziel - popular among his troops, community leaders and city leadership - has served as chief of the department since 2008. He has been with the Sacramento Police Department since 1979.
His retirement will be effective Dec. 29.
According to a news release from the department, Braziel, 52, believes that signs of better economic times indicate it is time for him to move on.
"My job was to run as hard and as far as possible, then pass the baton to the next chief, who will run faster and farther than me," Braziel was quoted as saying in the news release.
In a news release, City Manager John Shirey described Braziel's departure as "a great loss for our community." He said he anticipates appointing an interim chief until a permanent replacement is found.
"The Chief has been grooming his leadership team for more responsibility and there are a number of strong internal candidates in the organization that can fill this position," Shirey was quoted as saying in the news release.