SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. – The South Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners recognized 27 years of service from a recently retired police lieutenant. The commissioners awarded him a plaque recognizing his efforts over the years.
Accompanied by his wife Tammy, Lt. Mark C. Ruff of Lower Macungie Township was presented his award and congratulated by Police Chief Glen Dorney at Wednesday's township commissioners' meeting.
A native of Alburtis and now residing in Lower Macungie, Ruff is a 1987 Emmaus High School graduate. He subsequently became a Boy Scout and then an Eagle Scout before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps after his secondary education.
From 1988 to 1990, Ruff served in the Marine Security Co. at the presidential retreat known as Camp David in Maryland, which included protecting the late President George H.W. Bush.
From 1990 to 1992, he led Marine security guards at the White House Communications Agency formerly known as the White House Signal Corps at Anacostia Naval Base in Washington, D.C.
Hired as a patrolman by South Whitehall in 1992, Ruff served the township until being assigned to the Lehigh County Drug Task Force in 1996 and returning to the township in 2002.
He was promoted by South Whitehall to corporal in 2008 and then to sergeant where he served as head of the patrol division. Later in 2018, Ruff was promoted to lieutenant working in the township's criminal investigative division.
In addition, Ruff earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from DeSales University in Center Valley in 2002 and 2007, respectively.
In other business, former South Whitehall Commissioner Mark Pinsley, who also is the newly-elected Lehigh County Controller, was appointed by a 3-2 vote to the township's Green Advisory Council for a two-year term.
By their own admission, the commissioners' vote on Pinsley was affected by a lengthy discussion on the matter at their last meeting on Feb. 5.