AFTER a long and distinguished career which has seen him climb to the senior ranks of NSW Police, Western Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie will officially call it a day in September.
A new commander was appointed on Wednesday, with Central Coast Superintendent Brett Greentree - a uniformed police officer and detective who spent some time working in the New England - set to step into the role.
In announcing his retirement, Assistant Commissioner McKechnie calls time on a 33-year career, mostly in Western NSW, and says goodbye to 10 years as Western Region Commander, a region which encompasses Oxley and New England police districts, Dubbo and Broken Hill.
While he said he made the decision with a heavy heart, the Dubbo local is also excited for the future and his pending retirement.
"I will miss policing; there's no doubt about that, probably more the people than the actual work," he told The Leader.
"For us it is about the people - in the organisation and in the communities we look after."
In retirement, he said he plans to hitch the caravan, and hit the open road.
"I'm going to try to look after the cattle I've got a bit better," he said.
"I'm going to try ride my motorcycle a bit more and I'm going to get my caravan on the road at some point with my wife - we've got our first grandchild due in August.
"So I have some really fantastic things to look forward to."
And of his more than three decades of service: "In that time I've seen and done a lot and I wouldn't change a thing," he said.
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