LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -

UW-La Crosse Police Chief Scott Rohde will retire from his position at the end of September, UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow announced in an email to students and staff Thursday morning.

Rohde has been the police chief for UW-L’s Police Department and Parking Services for 16 years. He’s leaving the university to become the Director of Public Safety at Wesleyan University in Middleton, Connecticut.

Gow said Scott has led the UW-L Police Department through many changes over the years, including developing community policing standards for the campus, initiating a comprehensive emergency response plan, and significantly upgrading the training and equipment for UW-L’s police officers. He also was responsible for enhancing the services provided by the parking unit and worked with students, staff and the City of La Crosse to develop the U-Pass and Safe Ride programs.

He says while looking back at his time in La Crosse, he has very little to complain about.

"I have truly enjoyed I can say every month, maybe not every single day but all in all it's meant a lot to me and I've really grown to consider La Crosse my home and I'm going to miss it," Chief Rohde said.   

“We'll certainly miss working with such a key member of our campus and local communities, but moving to a new leadership position at Wesleyan, one of the nation's premiere institutions of higher education, is an extraordinary opportunity for Scott and his family,” Gow said.

The university will hold a farewell reception for Chief Rohde at the end of the month.