Pomona police Lt. Ronald McDonald is retiring Thursday after 53 years of service on the department.

McDonald began his career in 1965 when he graduated from the Pomona Police Department’s academy. Prior to that, he worked as a dispatcher and reserve officer for the West Covina Police Department.

At the Pomona Police Department, his assignments included patrol, administrative staff services, internal affairs, narcotics and various community programs.

Most recently, he served as a watch commander in the operations division.

Asked why he decided to leave the job, the 77-year-old McDonald told the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin: “It’s time. It’s a hard question for me to answer. It’s just time. It’s 53 years. I probably pushed it too far.”

Police Chief Michael Olivieri told the newspaper that McDonald’s decision to retire “was a surprise to everyone.”

“I’m excited for his family’s sake that they’ll get to see him more,” Olivieri said, referring to McDonald’s grown children.

“After serving for 53 years, he deserves a nice retirement to enjoy his family,” Olivieri said.

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