Bluffton Police Chief Retiring, New Chief Named

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

Bluffton Police Chief Retiring, New Chief Named

April 4, 2014 Updated Apr 4, 2014 at 3:32 PM EDT

BLUFFTON, Ind. (21Alive) -- Bluffton Police Chief Tammy Schaffer announced her retirement from the police department Friday.

Chief Schaffer, a 25-year-veteran of the department, was appointed Chief of Police by Mayor Ted Ellis in 2003. Her retirement will begin June 2. At that time, Deputy Chief Nathan Huss will become Chief and Detective Kyle Randall will assume the position of Deputy Chief.

“Tammy has been an outstanding leader,” stated Mayor Ellis. “Her efforts have been recognized all over Indiana. We will miss her.”

Chief Schaffer began her law enforcement career and graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 1985. In 1988, she joined the Bluffton Police Department where she served as a patrol officer, Sergeant, Assistant Chief and was appointed Chief of Police in 2003.

Chief Schaffer is a 2002 graduate of the Police Executive Leadership Academy. She was Police Chief Executive certified in 2004. She was appointed to the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Training Board in 2007.

She is a past president of the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police, has received the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Law Officer of the year, DARE agency head of the year and serves on numerous local boards. She was recognized in 2009 as a Distinguished Hoosier by Governor Daniels.

During her tenure with the Bluffton Police, she has served as a DARE officer, Child Abuse Investigator and ILEA certified instructor.

Deputy Chief Nathan Huss graduated from Norwell High School in 1989. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in 1993. The following year he was hired by the Bluffton Police Department and graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy with honors. In 2001 he was promoted to Sergeant and in 2004 was appointed Deputy Chief.

Nathan is a 2007 graduate of the Police Executive Leadership Academy and a graduate of the 247th Session of the FBI National Academy.
During his tenure at the Bluffton Police Department he has served as Field Training Officer, ILEA certified firearms and defensive tactics instructor, bike patrol officer and child safety seat technician.
Nathan is married to Missy and has four children.

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