DERBY, Kan. (KAKE) - Derby Police Chief Robert Lee's 42-year-long law enforcement career will come to an end on July 4, 2023.

Chief Lee has served the city of Derby since March 2009.

“Derby has been an amazing place to work in the second part of my career,” said Robert Lee. “I feel like I have accomplished everything I set out to do, and now it’s time to step down and allow others to lead the department.”

“The leadership that Chief Lee has provided during his career in Derby is invaluable,” said Kiel Mangus, City Manager. “He is a dedicated public servant who put a strong emphasis on community policing and police officers being active and involved in the community, himself included. I will miss his straight-shooting attitude and approach to law enforcement. I wish him the best in this next stage of life.”

The department says that the process of finding a new police chief will begin in January 2023.