HUDSON — Hudson Police Chief Jason Lavoie retired effective immediately, according to an announcement by the Hudson Board of Selectmen and the town administrator.

The board announced Wednesday that Lavoie’s retirement was effective Tuesday. It appointed Capt. William Avery to serve as interim chief. The announcement does not elaborate on Lavoie’s retirement.

“It’s an honor to be serving the men and women of the Hudson police and the citizens of Hudson,” Avery said of his appointment.

Avery declined to comment on the circumstances around the change of leadership.

“The biggest thing in leadership is lead by example,” Avery said. “And more importantly, the outstanding staff — sworn officers and civilian personnel — that work for this agency is unwavering. The job that they do day in and day out is second to none.”

Town Administrator Steve Malizia and Board of Selectmen Chairman Roger Coutu could not be reached for comment.

Lavoie had been on the force for 28 years, joining Hudson police in 1991 as a patrol officer and rising through the ranks to become chief in January, 2009, according to the release.

“The Board of Selectmen thanks Chief Lavoie for his many years of service to the Hudson community and wishes him well on his retirement,” the release states.

Avery is a 26-year veteran of law enforcement and became captain in February, 2009, after holding several other ranks.{/div}{/div}{/div}{/div}