JERSEY CITY – Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy announced Thursday that he is appointing East District Commander Captain Joseph Connors as acting chief of the Jersey City Police Department to fill out the one-month remainder of the term of the current administration.
Current JCPD Chief Thomas Comey will retire effective June 1, when Connors will assume the role of acting chief of the department.
The new administration of Mayor-elect Steven Fulop will be sworn in on July 1.
“Captain Connors has an impeccable record of police service and his strong ties with the community will serve him well in his new capacity as Acting Chief,” Healy said in the press statement. “Joe Connors is a respected leader within the Police Department, and I have full confidence in him.”
Connors, who is married with one son, has spent the last three years as commander of the East District precinct, which includes all of downtown and the Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood. The East District is the city’s busiest event venue, with 34 major events held annually, including parades, concerts, festivals, and marathons.
According to Healy’s office, Captain Connors has built strong relationships with the New York Police Department, the Port Authority Police Department, NJ Tranist Police, and the downtown business community.
“It’s my intention to serve the residents and visitors of this city consistent with the manner in which I and the officers in the East Precinct did, and that is being fair, honest, responsive, and dedicated to the task at hand with the utmost professionalism,” said Connors, a 32-year veteran of the department. “I am looking forward to facilitating the transition for the department between the current and incoming administrations so the Police Department does not miss a beat.”
Earlier in his career, Connors served as commander of the Juvenile Bureau, Internal Affairs, and executive officer of the South District precinct. He plans to continue the open-door policy that he has maintained in the East District precinct, where he held regularly scheduled monthly meetings with both community groups and the business community representatives to address their concerns.
“I’m confident that the city security and management of its law enforcement personnel are in extremely capable hands with Captain Connors,” said retiring Chief Comey.