MADISON, Wis. -

A retirement ceremony was held Thursday night for outgoing Madison Police Chief Noble Wray.

Wray served the MPD for the last 29 years, the last nine of them as chief. He started with the department as a patrol officer on the south side.

Around 200 people were on hand at the new training center on the east side where everyone in attendance had a chance to shake his hand and give him a hug.

Wray’s wife said their family gave him to the city 29 years ago, but the commitment increased when he became chief.

“I really gave him to you nine years ago, but me and his family are so glad we’re getting him back,” said Michelle Wray.

“When you take the oath of office to serve a community, your family takes the oath as well. It’s a tireless, demanding job,” said Wray.

Wray’s last day on the job is Friday. He said he’s keeping a promise to his family by retiring, and plans to do police consulting until he figures out what to do long term.