ABILENE, Texas -

Abilene’s president of the its Chamber of Commerce is retiring, effective June 2013.

Mike McMahan has served as chamber president since 2002.

Katie Alford, chair of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, made the announcement in a news release Monday.

McMahan was named chamber president after serving more than 30 years in the Air Force, having reached the rank of major general when he retired.

“The opportunity to serve the people and businesses of Abilene remains a distinct honor,” McMahan said in the prepared statement. “It has been wonderful to see the progress made in Abilene over the past decade.

“The teamwork of the business community combined with an outstanding and dedicated staff of the chamber, Industrial Foundation, Convention and Visitors Bureau and Cultural Affairs Council give me great confidence in the continued growth and accelerated success of the community.”

Alford said McMahan’s leadership, during his 10 years at the chamber, has been “invaluable to the chamber members, board, staff and community.”

“He’s also been instrumental in continuing our relationship with Dyess,” Alford said. “We are sad to lose Mike, but we are also excited that he gets to begin this next stage in his life.”

McMahan said he and his wife Patty are proud to have been able to call Abilene home after “30 years of military service around our nation and the world.”

“The community was and is what we wanted in a permanent home,” McMahan said. “We plan to continue to live here as we transition to have more time to enjoy family and friends and I look forward to other ways to be of service to the community we call home.“