- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Tempe’s police chief who is the longest tenured officer in the city’s history is planning to retire in December.

Tom Ryff’s last day is scheduled to be on Dec. 1.

It will mark the end of his 36-year career with the Tempe Police Department.

He’s been chief since 2006.

The 55-year-old Ryff started his Tempe police career in 1979 and has held a number of positions in various areas throughout the department including sergeant, lieutenant, commander and assistant chief.

City officials say they plan to appoint an interim chief in December before launching a search for a permanent replacement.

The Arizona Republic reports that Ryff will be a consultant for Tempe police after he retires.

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