ARDMORE, Okla. (KTEN) — Ardmore Police Department Chief Kevin Norris is retiring. To celebrate Norris's 25 years of service to APD, the city held a retirement meeting to express thanks.

Some of Norris's experience at APD includes being part of the SWAT team and being a certified hostage negotiator.

Now that his time in law enforcement has come to an end, Norris has advice for the next person who is getting into that field of work.

"I would tell them that negativity will kill your career; not everybody needs to go to jail; keep your head on a swivel and you need to listen," Norris said.

The retirement of Kevin Norris is short-lived.

"I'm looking forward to it and I'm excited," Norris said. "I am not getting a break. I mean, I start Monday as the assistant city manager, so I'll show up Monday morning without my gun and badge and I will go to work."

City manager Kevin Boatright believes adding Norris into the administrative mix will give the city a boost.

"It's going to help me out a lot with our workload," Boatright said. "Our community is growing. Our community in general is doing really well."