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Hazelwood, MO (KSDK) -- After 26 years of service, Hazelwood's Police Chief has announced his retirement.

Chief Carl Wolf has worked in law enforcement for 42 years, 35 of which have been spent as a police chief.

"I want to thank the City of Hazelwood and its wonderful residents for giving me an opportunity to be their Chief of Police. I've enjoyed every minute of the 26 years I've been with the City, but I feel it's now time for me to move on in a different direction," said Chief Carl Wolf.

Chief Wolf was awarded the 2010 Corrigan-Wiesman Partnership Award for his efforts in creating the Hazelwood Youth Leadership Academy. More recently, he accepted the 2011 Community Development Award from North County for his positive impact on the region's economic development efforts and business climate.

Chief Wolf is a member of the Florissant Valley Kiwanis Club, VFW Post 6368, American Legion Post #4, and the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 794.

Chief Wolf's retirement will be effective July 1, 2012.

He and his wife, Colleen, have nine children and eight grandchildren.