Richard Boyan grew up in Irondequoit, and once he knew what he wanted to do with his life, he knew Irondequoit was the town he wanted to do it in.
"I always wanted to be a police officer, ever since I was in high school," said Boyan.
Boyan was just finishing the police academy in the late 1960s, when he was called to active duty in the Navy. When he returned to the area in 1967, he was hired as a patrol officer with the Irondequoit Police Department.
"You used to walk out of the office into your patrol car and all you carried was a clipboard with your assignments on it to work, car keys, vehicle and traffic book and tickets," he explained. "Now the officers when they go out they have briefcases, bags full of equipment that they have to now carry."
"We're much more accountable for what we do."
Boyan worked his way up the ranks and became chief of the department in 2000. Many of the residents he serves, were friends of the past.
"I have a lot of support in the community. I always have. But you work at it too to keep that support."
Boyan has seen a lot over his career and said there are tragic car crashes and suicides that he'll never forget. But it's this town's unsolved double homicide from 1980 that still haunts him. Investigators still don't know who killed Bonnie Maykovich and Tom Tabor on Shelford Rd. They recently re-submitted evidence hoping scientific advances with DNA can help develop new leads.
"We've gone all over the United States trying to follow down leads and we've never been able to solve that one."
Boyan hit retirement age two years ago but said the town asked him to stay on. He petitioned the state for an additional two years and now at age 72, retires at the end of the month. He says he plans to take it easy, maybe do some volunteer work.
He expects his police department will continue to grow and the man likely to take over his office current Deputy Chief Richard Tantalo, will be a good fit.
He says goodbye will be bittersweet.
"When this has really been the only only job you really ever had, when it's the only paycheck you ever got, it's different. I enjoyed my job. I loved my job. That's why I stayed here so long," said Boyan. "I've worked under I believe 11 different supervisors and I can't tell you how many town board members. But they've been all good to me and hopefully I've been good for the town."