POST FALLS, Idaho -- The mayor of Post Falls said Wednesday the city’s police chief is retiring.

Chief Scot Haug will retire effective March 31, 2018. Mayor Ron Jacobson said Haug has served the city for 32 years and called him a “leader in innovation and technology.”

“The Chief’s commitment to build a strong relationship between the Police Department and the community is paying off as we see a declining crime rate and a current approval rating of over 95%,” Mayor Jacobson said in a release.

City officials said Haug join the police department when he was just 19-year-old as a volunteer reserve officer. He moved his way up to reserve sergeant, animal safety officer, code enforcement officer, patrol officer, field training officer, sergeant, lieutenant and captain before becoming Chief of Police in 2009.