03/14/2015 05:42 EDT | Updated 05/14/2015 05:59 EDT

Alberta premier says former Calgary police chief Rick Hanson to run for PCs

CALGARY - Calgary's former police chief has officially become the newest candidate for the Alberta tories.

Premier Jim Prentice announced in Calgary on Saturday that Rick Hanson will represent the Progressive Conservatives in the riding of Calgary-Cross.

Hanson announced last month that he was retiring after seven years as police chief.

Friday was his last day with the force.

Prentice is expected to drop the writ as early as the end of this month.

Hanson joined the Calgary force in 1975 and spent virtually his entire career in the city.