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Longtime Hoboken police officer named Acting Police Chief

Mayor Ravi Bhalla appoints Captain Daniel LoBue

Police Captain Daniel LoBue and Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla

Hoboken Police Captain Daniel LoBue will become Acting Police Chief next month following the retirement of Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante.

Mayor Ravi Bhalla announced the appointment of the Hoboken native on June 4.

“Captain LoBue is a well-respected and accomplished member of the Hoboken Police Department, and I am thankful he has agreed to serve his city as the Acting Police Chief,” said Bhalla. “His longtime experience in the department will serve him well in the new role, and I know he will work tirelessly to keep our residents safe. I look forward to working with him in the months ahead.”

LoBue is the HPD’s Senior Ranking Officer, serving the department for over 33 years.

During his time with the department he worked various shifts in the uniform division until he was assigned to the Detective Bureau from 1993 to 1996.

He was promoted to sergeant in 1996 and later to Lieutenant in 2000.

During his years as Lieutenant he worked as the Commander of the Community Policing Unit, Commander of the Detective Bureau, Commander of the Vice Squad, and  Internal Affairs.

In addition to these various assignments he was also vice president of the Police Superior Officers Association.

In 2015, he was promoted to Captain where he served as the Uniform Division Commander for all uniformed officers.

Ferrante said he has a wealth of experience that will help him lead the department.

“I wish Danny the best of luck and success in his new position,” said Ferrante. “Captain LoBue brings the combination of intelligence, analysis and foresight, and investigative knowledge, all part of a skill set which will help him handle this transition and head the Hoboken Police Department over the coming months. He has also served the City of Hoboken and the Hoboken Police Department for over three decades which gives him expansive institutional knowledge of our agency.”

LoBue will be promoted at a ceremony along with other members of the department in the coming weeks.

New at the helm

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve the City of Hoboken as Acting Chief,”  LoBue said. “I would like to thank Mayor Bhalla and his administration for allowing me to serve in this capacity as I near the end of my career with the Hoboken Police Department. I am eager to lead the department until a permanent appointment is named.”

According to the city, Bhalla will interview eligible candidates for permanent Hoboken Police Chief once the New Jersey Civil Service Commission administers the Police Chief’s exam and publishes the results.

According to the New Jersey Civil Service Commission website, the deadline is Aug. 23, and the oral exam is tentatively scheduled for December.

The city plans to hold a retirement ceremony for Chief Ferrante in the coming weeks.

Ferrante announced his retirement last month after serving as the police chief since 2014 and with the department for over 20 years.

The longtime public servant said the Hoboken Police Department and law enforcement, in general, will face many changes in the coming months and needs someone new at the helm “who can dedicate the next several years to ensuring those changes happen as best as possible.”

These changes include mandatory widespread body camera use, the legalization of marijuana, and juvenile justice reform, to name a few.

“I am ready to take a little break before my next venture,” Ferrante said.

What that “venture” will be is not yet known.

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