UTICA — David A. Tomidy, the director of the Oneida County Probation Department, is retiring after 45-year career, the county announced Thursday.

The 68-year-old started with the county in 1973 as a probation officer. He rose through the ranks as senior probation officer and probation supervisor before his promotion to probation director in 2006. His last day is Friday.

The county has not yet announced Tomidy's replacement.

"Dave Tomidy has served Oneida County with distinction, integrity and compassion for more than four decades and his presence in this government will be sorely missed," Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. said in a statement. "His life's work was dedicated to community and victim safety and helping individuals reform their conduct and rebuild their lives."

In his time with the probation department, Tomidy's accomplishments include the establishment of the department's Intensive Supervision Unit. He was also a founder of Utica City Drug Court, served as Oneida County Traffic Chairman and was appointed to the governor's Council on Community Reentry and Integration, among other accomplishments, the county announced.

Further, Tomidy has served on the boards for the McPike Treatment Center, the Center for Family Life and Recovery, Alternatives to Incarceration and the Regional Youth Justice Team. According to the county, Tomidy has also had input on Oneida County's plan for the state's Raise the Age program.

"It has been an honor and thrill to work in this vital profession to serve Public Safety and help improve lives,” Tomidy said in a statement. “Probation is frequently under-appreciated for the many things and functions we perform. I am grateful for the full support the county executive and the board of legislators have offered me. I will remember my partners in the Law Enforcement community and service providers.”