BLUFFTON, Ind. (WANE) – After more than 25 years on the force, Police Chief Tammy Schaffer announced Friday that she will step down later this year. Schaffer, who was appointed to chief in 2003, will retire on June 2.
Schaffer began her law enforcement career in 1985, when she graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. She joined the Bluffton Police Department in 1988 as a patrol officer.
“I just wanted to be a good police officer,” Schaffer told NewsChannel 15. “That was really, truly it. I didn’t have these aspirations, but I think other people saw something in me.”
One person who saw Schaffer’s potential was Bluffton Mayor Ted Ellis, who appointed Schaffer to Chief in 2003.
“Tammy’s a good cop,” Ellis said. “That quite often makes for good leadership and a good role model as well.”
Schaffer achieved many milestones over her tenure. She was appointed by former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels to the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Training Board in 2007. She was a past president of the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police.
Over her 25 year career, Schaffer has served as a DARE officer, Child Abuse Investigator and ILEA certified instructor.
“We’re just happy to have had her as Chief since 2003,” Ellis said. “It was a good decision then, and I’ve never regretted the decision to make her Chief.”
Deputy Chief Nathan Huss will replace Schaffer as Chief. Detective Kyle Randall will assume the position of Deputy Chief.
Schaffer said she planned to stay involved in the community after her retirement, but also wants to travel across Indiana, and some other places in the world.