FAIRFIELD — In the last 30 some years, there have been five different police chiefs and countless different members of the Police Commission.

There has, however, been one constant, Chief Gary MacNamara said — the police chief’s secretary, Kathy Buzel. Buzel will retire at the end of the month, and Wednesday marked the last time she would take the minutes for a Police Commission meeting.

Buzel has served as the chief’s secretary for William Mockalis, Ron Sullivan, Joseph Sambrook, David Peck, and, now, MacNamara.

“That’s really significant,” MacNamara said, “and it really speaks volumes to the job she has done.”

With Buzel’s retirement, he said, they realize they are losing “a lot of value, a lot of institutional value.”

For her part, Buzel simply thanked the commission for their kind words and flowers, preferring not to comment on her years with the department.

“I’ve appreciated all that you’ve done for us,” Commissioner Norma Peterson said. “Thank you for your patience, your understanding, your business-like approach. I hope you have a wonderful time.”

Commissioner Susan Barrett said, “You always had a smile in your voice whenever we called.”

Buzel has also worked as a part-time special police officer for the town, a job she will be able to continue if she chooses after retirement, if an amendment to the town pension ordinance being considered by the Representative Town Meeting is adopted.