Herndon’s police chief announced he will step down in November to take the top law enforcement job in a city in eastern North Carolina.

Toussaint E. Summers, Jr. has run Herndon’s police department since 1999. He will take over as police chief of New Bern, N.C.

Herndon Town Manager Arthur A. Anselene will appoint an interim chief, before the town launches a search for a permanent replacement.

During his tenure, Summers served as chair of the Northern Virginia Gang Task Force, and Herndon’s police department was one of the first in the nation to implement a federal law that allows local officers to perform immigration enforcement.

In a press release, town officials praised Summers for his “professional management” and leading the department to a handful of honors, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police Community Policing Award.

“Toussaint has provided twelve years of principled, highly effective leadership to the Herndon Police Department, significantly benefitting the town and its citizens,” Anselene said in a statement. “It is with heartfelt gratitude for his service that we wish him all the best in his new position.”