Published: Aug 16, 2013 5:47 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 16, 2013 6:09 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Cape Coral Police Chief Jay Murphy has announced he will retire from the department September 20.

Chief Murphy served the city for more than 35 years.

In a letter announcing his retirement, Chief Murphy wrote that his DROP term, or Deferred Retirement Option Program, came to an end after five years and thus, his employment must end.