Richardson Police Chief Jimmy Spivey will step down May 31 after more than 26 years with the Richardson Police Department.

Spivey was hired as captain of the department in 1995, according to a March 9 city news release. He became chief in August 2009.

"I have been honored to serve the citizens of Richardson with this great organization of men and women dedicated to public safety" Spivey said in a statement. "I am proud of the work we have accomplished during my service and I take comfort knowing that the great work done by the department is going to continue well into the future."

Spivey’s retirement coincides with his 50th year of policing. He served with the Dallas Police Department for almost 25 years before coming to Richardson, per the release.

“Chief Spivey has been an integral part of our public safety efforts in Richardson, and we have much to thank him for as he transitions out of public service,” City Manager Dan Johnson said in a statement. “I look forward to celebrating his accomplishments between now and his retirement.”

In the coming weeks, Johnson will establish a process to select a replacement for Spivey, the release stated.