Jefferson Township Police Officer Ryan McGowan earned the department’s distinction of officer of the month for February.

Officer McGowan joined the Jefferson Township Police Department in 2011. He graduated from the Morris County Police Academy in 2007 and was part of the Sparta Police Department for four years before transferring to Jefferson. He graduated from Seton Hall University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications in 2004. Officer McGowan was also drafted by Chicago Fire in the 2004 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

Officer McGowan enjoys spending time with his family, and coaching and playing soccer while off duty.

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Officer McGowan took part in “Reading Across America” and Cat-in-the-Hat was his book of choice. (Photo credit: Jefferson Township Police Department)