01/14/2014 06:43 EST | Updated 03/16/2014 05:59 EDT

Police chief in Lethbridge, Alberta, hangs up his hat after 37 years

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. - The police chief of a southern Alberta city is retiring after 37 years of service.

Tom McKenzie started with Lethbridge police in 1976 and rose through the ranks, being appointed chief in 2007.

He told the police commission that he won't seek a renewal of his contract when it expires in July.

The commission asked McKenzie to stay on the job until the end of October — an extra three months — to help put together the police budget for 2015 to 2018.

McKenzie agreed and the process to formalize his three-month extension is underway.

Under the Police Act, police commissions are responsible for appointing the chief of police.