After 23 years with the Sun Prairie Police Department, Public Information Officer Rem Brandt retired last month.
Chief Patrick Anhalt said Brandt's career path and personal life mirrored each because of Brandt's dedication to serving his community.
"He's been the face and voice of this police department for pretty much 23 years," Anhalt said.
"There's not another person over that 23 years that has had a bigger impact on this department's positive relationship with the community than Rem. (He) was so very important," Anhalt said.
Brandt, a civilian employee of the department, started as a community services officer.
"There are a lot of things that sworn officer do that can be done by civilians -- parking, animal complaints, a lot of public relations, organizing parades and things like that, so he filled that role," Anhalt said.