Ansonia town officials announced Friday that Police Chief Kevin J. Hale will retire in February after serving over two decades on the police force.

Hale has served in the Ansonia Police Department since 1990. He has spent the last 18 years as Police Chief.

He will be pursuing a job in the private sector, according to a release from the City of Ansonia.

City officials say among his accomplishments over the years, Hale expanded the Administrative Division and Detectives Bureau, implemented the School Resource Officer program, and formed the Anti-crime unit. 

Hale also was instrumental in the design and construction of the future home of the Ansonia Police Department. 

Chief Hale released a statement reading in part:

“It has been a privilege to serve as an Ansonia Police Officer for the past twenty-nine years, and an absolute honor to serve as the chief for the last eighteen. This is certainly a bittersweet decision in that while I have come to know the members of this excellent department as family and that I will miss them dearly, there comes a time when we have to move on. I leave knowing that the department is in good shape and that the design and construction of the new facility located at 505 East Main Street is moving along well. Further, the Board of Police Commissioners, always supportive of the department, will guide the process through which my successor is chosen.”

Hale’s last day on the job will be February 15.