Prospect Heights Police Chief Bruce Morris decided to call it quits after more than 20 years on the force because of proposed lay offs by the city council.
Morris abruptly announced his retirement on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Daily Herald.
"I'm retiring today and packing up right now, Morris said, according to the Herald. "It just seems like a good thing to do."
The city is threatening to lay off between four and six officers from its force of 22 to close a budget shortfall. The department is so undermanned that Chief Morris has been going out on patrols.