People packed Macon City Hall Tuesday afternoon to celebrate 39 years of service for former Chief Mike Burns.
Burns joined the force in 1974 and was the first Macon officer to work his way up to chief in 30 years.
At his retirement ceremony, people boasted about his many accomplishments during his eight year reign as chief. Some brought up his record low crime rate in 2012, while others praised the department receiving national accreditation.
Burns says one achievement sticks out above the rest though.
"Serving people," he says, "that's what I wanted to do from the first time I put on the badge, and I did it all the way up until my last day as the chief."
Burns' last day in office was May 31st. Deputy Chief Mike Carswell stepped in as interim.