PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) -- For 41 years, Larry Poole has reeled in criminal after criminal, making Pontotoc a safer place.
"It's satisfying to know you may have had a share in doing that," Poole said.
But come June 30, Poole plans to hang up his hat and retire.
He joined the department in 1973.
During the course of his career, he's seen a lot of changes, but in the midst of all that change, the people have stayed the same.
"They're good to get involved and give information that we need, and that helps tremendously," Poole said.
Poole became chief in 1988 and in 2009 battled cancer.
"Take more than that to stop me," Poole said.
The people of Pontotoc stood by him then and still do.
"He's just been very good for our city, and we're going to miss him," Pontotoc Alderwoman Lena Chewe said.
When Poole retires, criminal investigator Randy Tutor will take the reigns at the department.
It's a bitter-sweet appointment.
"Definitely filling some big shoes," Tutor said. "When you've had the same thing for so many years, the unknown is always a little scary."
A goodbye reception will be held for Poole on June 10.