St. Albans Police Capt. Ron Hoague is stepping down after 10 years with the city to accept the No. 2 position with the Essex Police.

Hoague ends his employment with St. Albans on Friday afternoon, and said with a laugh, he “gets Saturday and Sunday off” before beginning Monday as a captain in Essex.

Essex had two captains, but Rick Garey was promoted to police chief in January. Detective Capt. George Murtie retired in November, and both seats have been vacant for at least six months.

Hoague, 48, of Fairfax said the new job will be a chance to work for Garey, an old friend, and also return to his old department.

Attempts to reach Garey were unsuccessful on deadline Tuesday.

St. Albans Police Chief Gary Taylor said Hoague will be missed for all the hard work he gave the department and city.

Hoague began with St. Albans Police in 1991 and jumped to Essex in 1993. He moved to Florida in 2000 to join the Marion County Sheriff’s Department in Ocala and to be near his sister. He spent four years as a deputy sheriff there, focusing on driving under the influence cases.

He said he had a chance to return to Vermont in 2008 when there was an opening in St. Albans for a patrol sergeant and won the post. He was elevated to lieutenant in January 2010 and captain in February 2017.

Hoague was with the city department as it expanded a few years ago into covering St. Albans Town. The department in the past year created a Street Crimes Unit that has been making a dent in the drug problem in the community.

Hoague has been a major force in helping getting impaired drivers off Vermont highways. He became a drug recognition expert in Florida and brought those skills back to Vermont, where he’s taught DRE and drunken driving enforcement classes.

Hoague said because Essex has been without two captains for many months, Garey has told him to be prepared to hit the ground running. He said Essex has many of the same problems as St. Albans: shortage of personnel, traffic issues and illegal drug use.

St. Albans has 26 full-time officers, and Essex has 30, Hoague said.