SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — Sherman Police Department Assistant Chief Bruce Dawsey retired on Friday.

"Now he's going to be stepping into the new role, serving as our County Judge for Grayson County," said Assistant Chief Wes Trisler. "Bruce, I've been blessed to be able to have called you 'friend.'"

While Dawsey said he's excited for the journey ahead, he's going to miss the department.

"I can't wait for the new chapter of my life, but it's also exciting, you know," he said. "I remember thinking early in my career, 'retirement is so far away.' You know, like a lot of people say, 'you blink and it's here.'"

Officers told funny stories about Dawsey and his time at the department, and his family took time to remember his career as an officer.

"I mean, they become like your second family. You spend more time with them than you do sometimes you're own family, so I'm going to miss them," Dawsey said.

"I wish you well in your new role," said Trisler. "And like they said, can't wait to come to Commissioners Court, because we're going to be in the back row making faces at you!"

"No doubt that some of these guys that I worked with will come 'court-bomb' me," Dawsey quipped. "They may be the first people ever to criminally trespass for a Commissioners Court."

Dawsey will be starting his new role in January, taking over as County Judge from Bill Magers.