Madisonville Police Chief Wade Williams is retiring at the end of the month after 20 years of service.
Williams began serving as chief in 2011.
Mayor David Jackson praised Williams in a Facebook post on Thursday for efforts to combat the drug epidemic and lower the crime rate.
Williams has attributed a drop in crime to a change in policing philosophy from a reactionary mindset to one of community focus. Following-up with Williams on Friday, he said this remains the case, noting a 26% reduction in violent crime since 2011. He also said there are 'double-digit' drops in other crime and a 10% reduction in collisions.
Jackson also credited Williams for fostering cooperation with the Hopkins County Sheriff's Department.
Williams said in a statement he is proud of his department. “I have lived in countries that have corrupt police officers and who would impose their will on the citizens without limits, but that is not the case in Madisonville. The men and women of MPD deeply care about the citizens and the sacrifice their families in order to do so. I am proud of the work they do every day, I am truly proud of their professionalism," Williams said.
He also noted among his accomplishments that implementing physical fitness standards has made the department healthier.
Mayor Jackson is expected to recommend to the city council that Major Chris Taylor, who has 24 years of experience, to be approved as the next chief.
Williams said he doesn't yet have plans for what he'll do next, but said he looks forward to spending time with his family.
This story has been updated.