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Mars celebrates service of outgoing officer

Outgoing officer Lt. Beau Sneddon shakes hands with Mars Mayor Gregg Hartung on Monday at the borough council meeting. Julia Maruca/Butler Eagle

MARS — Borough council and Mayor Gregg Hartung honored outgoing police officer Lt. Beau Sneddon at a council meeting Monday night.

Sneddon previously stepped away from being part-time officer-in-charge with the Mars Borough Police Department at the end of 2021 after the borough hired Mark Lint as a full-time officer-in-charge. Since then, Sneddon has been working as a part-time patrolman with Mars.

He has been with the department since 2010.

Hartung presented Sneddon with a plaque honoring his services with the borough, and the council celebrated with cake and snacks.

“As officer in charge, you put passion and commitment to work as a priority — to build on the efforts of all those that served before you, and now you are handing it off to the next generation of police officers for this community,” the plaque reads. “Thank you for all that you have given to the Mars community!”

Sneddon plans to focus on working his other jobs with the Butler County Prison full time, and with the Saxonburg Police Department on a part-time basis. He has worked for the jail for more than 20 years, he said.

“When you work somewhere like (Mars), you just become friends, in a way, and you’re used to working with people, so it’s going to be kind of weird,” Sneddon said. “But the cool thing is, now I can come to the events and hang out.”

“It’s been a big part of my life,” he added. “They’re good people.”

Hartung said Sneddon has been a large part of the department’s success over the past few years. The borough is in the process of hiring a second full-time officer for the department.

“For the two years that he was officer-in-charge, (Sneddon) really helped the transition and helped the department get to where we are now,” Hartung said.

Outgoing officer Lt. Beau Sneddon shakes hands with council member Michael Fleming during the Monday meeting where he was recognized for his service. Julia Maruca/Butler Eagle

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