McHenry County Undersheriff Ricardo Pagan (left) and McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim (right). | Provided Photo

McHenry County Undersheriff Ricardo Pagan has retired following 40 years in law enforcement, the sheriff’s office announced.

“An impressive career and an even more impressive man; today we said ‘see you later’ to Undersheriff Ricardo Pagan,” the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said on Friday.

“When the Sheriff told me that I had the choice to wear a suit or a uniform every day, I picked the uniform because I was so proud to wear it,” the sheriff’s office quoted Pagan as saying.

Pagan served 40 years in law enforcement, with 23 of them working for the FBI.

McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim (left) and McHenry County Undersheriff Ricardo Pagan (right). | Provided Photo

He served almost three years as the undersheriff, which he was appointed to in April 2019.

Pagan “truly cared” about each employee and person he encountered on the job, the sheriff’s office said.

“There was not a dry eye in the overflowing room as coworkers, friends, and family told of the friendliness, professionalism, and camaraderie that Undersheriff Pagan brought to the Sheriff’s Office every day,” the sheriff’s office said in a farewell post on social media.

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“Undersheriff Pagan is more than deserving of this next chapter in his life. We wish him the absolute best, though we will miss him dearly. Enjoy Florida, time with your family and all the free time you can,” the post said.