After more than 30 years with the Edmonton Police Service Deputy Chief Norm Lipinski has decided to retire from his post.

Lipinski reveals he is stepping down to become the RCMP's assistant commissioner in British Columbia's lower mainland region.

In a message to staff, Lipinski said the new job is an offer he just couldn't pass up.

"I'll miss not only the EPS and what it stands for, but also the many colleagues and friends who truly made it a top-tier policing agency."

Lipinski hasn't yet announced when his last day on the job will be, but he expects to stick around until the middle of December.

He started with the Edmonton Police Service in 1978 and became a deputy chief in 2007.