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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) — An official with the Decatur Police Department announced Chief Nate Allen is retiring after almost six years leading the police force.

Allen said it had been a pleasure serving the Decatur community and is looking to “re-evaluate his mission,” after nearly 40 years in law enforcement, he said in a statement from Decatur Police on Tuesday.

Allen was appointed Chief in May 2016 and he was met with a standing ovation at a crowded city council meeting announcing his appointment.

He is a Detroit native who moved to Decatur after he served as the assistant police chief in Knoxville, Tenn.

As of Jan. 25, Allen transitioned command to Interim Chief Todd Pinion, “I will assist in any way you would like during the interim period while you search for a new chief,” Allen said in the statement.