CASTLETON (AP) - Castleton Police Chief Bruce Sherwin is planning to retire almost 40 years to the day since he began his career in Vermont law enforcement.

The 62-year-old Sherwin received his certificate from the Vermont Police Academy on June 28, 1974.

He's stepping down Friday, a day short of the anniversary.

Sherwin's first job was as a part-time office in the city of Rutland

He was accredited as a full-time officer in 1980 and he spent the next 19 years climbing the ranks in Rutland.

The Rutland Herald reports Sherwin joined the Castleton department in 2002. He became chief in 2004.

The four-officer department works closely with the Vermont State Police and Fair Haven Police Department.