VIDEO: Donna Higbee Named First Female Police Chief in Atlantic CountyPosted:
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP - There’s a new police chief in Galloway Township. And for the first time in the history of Atlantic County, that police chief is a woman.
Donna Higbee was sworn in last week, but the ceremonial swearing in comes at the Galloway Township Council meeting on Tuesday night. Higbee’s family, friends, and colleagues attend the ceremony. She is a 13-year veteran of the Galloway Township Police Department, and her father John worked in the department for almost 30 years.
Higbee said that she didn’t set out to make history, but is proud to help blaze a trail for other female police officers.
“It’s nice to be able to be a role model, hopefully for young women," said Higbee. "But more importantly, I just want people to realize that whether you’re a male or a female, especially in a public service job, you can make it all the way to the top and just put your best foot forward. Just don’t stop until you accomplish your goals. I’ve worked in law enforcement now for 16 years and I’ve always been treated as an equal. I worked in three different police departments, from Wildwood, Hamilton Township, to here. And I’ve always been treated respectfully. And I’ve learned so much from the men and women I’ve worked with over the years. Of course it’s an honor to be the first female, but no, I never anticipated that, at all.”
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