Saskatchewan’s top Mountie is calling it quits.

Russ Mirasty will step down as the assistant commissioner of the Saskatchewan division at the end of this month.

He was named to the top job in 2010.

At the time he said communicating and building relations between the Mounties and Aboriginal communities was a priority.

A member of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, Mirasty says it’s been quite a ride:

“For me to leave La Ronge about 37 years ago, join the RCMP and come to the position I hold now today as the head of the RCMP in Saskatchewan is amazing.”

Metis Senator Nora Cummings says she is sorry to see him go:

“It’s sad for me because I’ve been involved since the time Russ came on to the RCMP, so we’ve been sort of like family and we’ve always kept in touch and when I found out he became the assistant it was the proudest day for me.”

Saskatoon Metis local president Shirley Ross says she also will miss Mirasty and hopes a solid replacement can be found.

So far the RCMP have not said who will replace Mirasty.