IT IS not common for a person to retire twice in one lifetime, but Bob Hayes is hanging up his hat for the second time.
The retired Queensland Police Chief Superintendent with 44 years of service has recently stepped down as president of the Retired Police Association Bundaberg branch after a highly respected innings of 17 years.
"I finished up as chief superintendent in the South East region which was based on the Gold Coast but took in to the border and up to Logan and Beenleigh," he said.
After serving in other Queensland regions including Townsville and Mackay, Mr Hayes had his eyes on Bundaberg following his retirement.
"It's one of the only places I hadn't been stationed so it was a place I was able to come to and just be myself," he said.
He soon became heavily involved in the Retired Police Association - a group of about 25 police retirees who meet once a month.
"It's just a common bond between retired police officers and a way of keeping in touch with one another," he said.
Mr Hayes said the branch had raised more than $40,000 for Police Legacy and also donated to local charities.
"We offer welfare to one another also," he said.
A medical condition has forced Mr Hayes to not run for presidency this year and was succeeded by retired Bundaberg Police Superintendent Rowan Bond.
"I've got quite big shoes to fill," Mr Bond said.
"Bob was really well regarded in the service and he's guided the Bundaberg branch with professionalism and dignity."
Mr Bond admitted he was a "Johnny-come-lately", having only retired last year after almost 40 years of service.
"I was really honoured to be nominated," he said.
Mr Bond said people would be surprised to know the branch was not exclusive to Queensland officers.
"You don't have to be a retired police officer - people who resigned for various reasons are more than welcome," he said.
"We've got officers from New South Wales, the Northern Territory.
"They also don't have to be sworn officers, administration people are very welcome to join the organisation."