Published: Jun 02, 2014 1:06 PM EDT

MARCO ISLAND, Fla.- Marco Island Police Chief Don Hunter is stepping down.

The 62-year-old served as the chief for nearly three years. Before that, he spent 30 years with the Collier County Sheriff's Office, including 20 years as a sheriff.

Hunter says he plans to start his own private security firm, in part, because of that rash of home invasions that have taken place in Collier County.