ADA, Okla. (KTEN) — Ada's police chief is retiring at the end of December.

Carl Allen announced Friday he will step down after serving the city in both the police and public works departments for 38 years.

"Chief Allen is truly a public servant," said Assistant City Manager Angie Stout in a written statement. "He has dedicated his career to serving the citizens of Ada ... We will miss his wisdom and experience, but wish him well as he enjoys retirement."

Allen left the police department in 2011 after 26 years to become the city's public works director. He returned to the police department in 2019 as chief.

"I leave the City of Ada with some sadness, but mostly a positive outlook on my personal life and the city that I have devoted 38 years to," Allen said in a statement.

The city will host a retirement reception for Allen at the Arts and Heritage Center on December 28.