GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — A police officer who has served the community beyond the call of duty was honored last week as the township’s 2017 Officer of the Year.

Township Council recognized Officer Kenneth Snuffer at its meeting Tuesday night along with Kurt Hackney, who recently retired after 21 years as a communications officer and supervisor with the Police Department.

Police Chief Donna Higbee described Snuffer as “one of our toughest and most stern officers when the situation dictates he needs to be, and he is also the first one to volunteer his time for the community or a member of our department in their time of need.”

“Being a police officer is so much more than writing traffic tickets and making arrests,” said Higbee, who presented Snuffer with a plaque. “Of course, that is a large part of the job, but more importantly, it’s about making an impact on those around you.”

Higbee also gave a plaque to Hackney, calling him “a great employee, friend and one of the nicest men I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with.”

“I was proud to work here for 21 years,” Hackney said. “I would still do it, but it’s time to move my chapter on. I’ve loved working with everybody over the years.”

Mayor Anthony J. Coppola Jr. noted half the Police Department’s employees lined the back of the room.

“We truly have a great group of men and women that really care about this community,” Coppola said.

Fee increases considered

In other business, Township Council introduced two ordinances to increase fire inspection and permit fees to keep them consistent with what the state charges.

Fire inspections required to be scheduled within four business days would increase from $125 to $161; from four to 10 days, from $70 to $90; and for more than 10 days, from $35 to $45, Township Manager Chris Johansen said.

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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