WESTERLY — A 23½ year veteran of the Westerly Police Department, who most recently served as a lieutenant and the department's court liaison, has retired.

The officer, Robert Warner, informed officials of his intent to retire on Nov. 26, the same day the retirement took effect, according to Town Manager J. Mark Rooney.

"He had been contemplating retirement, I'm told," Rooney said, declining to answer other questions because of personnel confidentiality concerns.

About one week before submitting his retirement papers, Warner asked to be relieved of part of his court duties. Specifically, he asked and was granted permission not to appear in Fourth Division District Court in Wakefield.

Warner was promoted to lieutenant in 2015 and took over the role as court liaison shortly after his promotion. He worked his way up to lieutenant from patrolman and once served as president of Local 503, International Brotherhood of Police, the union that represents the department's rank-and-file officers. In 2014 he served on the town's Charter Revision Commission.

Neither Warner nor Westerly Police Capt. Shawn Lacey, who is running the department while a search for a new police chief is conducted, responded to messages seeking comment for this article.