BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — After 39 years with the Bismarck Police Department, Sgt. Mark Buschena has announced his retirement, effective June 1.

"I've always felt that the person who enjoys his job never works a day in his life, and I've been very fortunate that I've been in a job where every position I've had, I've liked, every person I've worked for or worked with, I think they've all had the best interest of the city at heart," Buschena said April 6.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that Bismarck Police Chief Dan Donlin announced Buschena's retirement April 5, describing Buschena as an "icon."

"It's an ending to a long, wonderful career with the department and the community," Donlin said. "We hate to see anybody leave but, when they go out retiring, that's the goal, that's a success."

Buschena said he'll take a week off after he leaves the department, then search for "something constructive" to do in his time.

He also said he's enjoyed his varied work throughout the years, from patrol to K-9 handling to investigations to crime prevention. He's also been the department's public information officer off and on for about 20 years, more so in the past decade.

Donlin, who was also a police PIO for five years, said his department will go through a selection process for Buschena's replacement as sergeant, while the next PIO will be determined later in coordination with Deputy Chief Dave Draovitch.

"We've got great individuals within our agency that will step into his role," Donlin said. "There'll be a learning curve. There's a lot of institutional knowledge in crime prevention and community services that leaves with Mark."

Buschena thanked fellow officers and employees throughout the department for their work. He also noted his work with reporters down through the years, many of whom he said have been young and new to the field. Still, he said he's enjoyed getting to know them.

"I'm very fortunate I'm surrounded by people who are good people and know how to do their job," he said.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com