GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP (AP) — Galloway Township is the first town in Atlantic County to appoint a woman as police chief.

Galloway police cruiser (Galloway Police)

Chief Donna Higbee is a 13-year veteran of the police department.

She succeeds chief Pat Moran, who retired last month.

The 39-year-old tells The Press of Atlantic City  her family helped settle a section of the township known as Higbeetown. Her father also retired from the police force in 1999 after 27 years.

(Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed)