Tammy Schaffer | Bluffton Police Chief

In the small town of Bluffton, it’s a woman who calls the law enforcement shots. Police Chief Tammy Schaffer went to school for cosmetology, even styled hair for a while, but when the police commissioner came in for his usual haircut one day, he asked her if she had ever considered joining the police force. It’s a career the chief does not take lightly. “Every time you help someone, you remember why you chose this profession,” adds Schaffer. “I tell my officers that you never know how much of a difference you make in someone’s life and you may never know.” In her 11th year as chief of police, Schaffer walks the talk. “I suppose my influence is from a distance,” says Schaffer. “Every public appearance that I make is an opportunity for a young woman to know that she could be a police officer or a leader in her community. The way one woman in a uniform is perceived is the way that all women in uniform are perceived.”

Tammy SchafferWomen Tammy Looks Up To:

  • My Mother “She is strong, yet loving.”
  • Dottie Davis “As Deputy Chief of Fort Wayne Police Department, she broke the ceiling and is still leading as Director of Security at FWCS”
  • Malala Yousafzai “She doesn’t let fear stop her from speaking out about women’s rights in education.”
  • Women in Law Enforcement “The badge goes through their protective vest and deep into their heart.”
  • Victims of Child Abuse or Domestic Violence “Because they survive in battlegrounds everyday and are much stronger than I could ever be!”
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About Judi Loomis

Judi Loomis has been a journalist and feature writer for numerous publications as well as radio and television. She began her career as co-owner of KVRA/KVRF radio station in Vermillion, South Dakota in 1977, a radio announcer in WRIG radio station in Wausau, Wisconsin in 1979, and a television anchor/reporter at WSAU television station in 1979. Her move to Fort Wayne to CBS affiliate station WANE-TV 1976 took place during the great flood. Following television and radio, she became vice-president of Communiqué, a television and radio production company in Indianapolis, and later started her own writing and public relations firm, Creative Writing-Marketing Concepts in Fort Wayne. Judi is now Director of Marketing & Resource Development for the League for the Blind & Disabled. Loomis has written articles for publications across the globe, and has been a freelance feature writer for glo magazine for the past three years. Judi, her husband J. Michael Loomis and their son, J. Adam Loomis reside in Fort Wayne.

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