Meridian Police Lt. John McAlister was honored by the City Council and mayor Tuesday.
He received a certificate marking his 30 years of service. McAlister retired at the end of April.
"You know, most people aren't lucky enough to be in a job that they honestly enjoy," said McAlister. "But I can honestly say in thirty years at the Meridian Police Department, I never dreaded a day coming to work."
The McAlister family's service to the city will continue. His son is a Meridian firefighter.