Superior, WI ( After 33 years of service with the Superior Police Department, Chief Charles LaGesse is hanging up his up his badge and calling it a career. Chief LaGesse officially announced his retirement to the Superior Police and Fire Commission at Wednesday night's meeting. Chief LaGesse, who began his law enforcement career in 1981 working patrol, worked his way up through the ranks, from a narcotics investigator to sergeant, captain, and assistant chief and finally the top cop job in Superior, two-and-a half years ago. LaGesse says it's going to be hard to walk away from a career that's been part of his life for more than three decades. He says he will most fondly remember his times while on patrol with fellow officers. " I think the time in the squad car, responding to calls, the hard calls, the funny calls, the time spent together with friends . When I look back on the Police Department, what I remember is the time when you're out there with your peers and friends and doing the job that you signed up to do," said Chief LaGesse. Chief LaGesse told us the decision to retire was a personal decision, as he has reached the age of maximizing his pension. He will be 53 years old in January and says this will probably not be the end of his working life, but he isn't quite sure what he will do after retirement. LaGesse will step down as Chief on December 31. Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati