The Hoboken Police Department is officially under new leadership, as longtime police officer Daniel LoBue was sworn in as acting police chief during a ceremony at City Hall.
LoBue takes the reins following the retirement of Police Chief Ken Ferrante who officially left his post on June 30.
Chief LoBue, a 33-year veteran of the Hoboken Police Department, has served as a Captain since 2015.
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 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.
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.
Lieutenant makes Captain
Steve Aguiar was promoted to the rank of captain.
Aguiar has served as a Lieutenant since 2018 and has worked in the Professional Standards Bureau since 2013. He previously was a Detective in the Vice Squad, which dealt primarily with narcotics.
“Congratulations to Hoboken’s new Police Chief, Daniel LoBue, and newly promoted Captain Steve Aguiar,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “Both are well qualified for their new positions and will serve our City with integrity. I know the Hoboken Police Department will remain in good hands with excellent leadership and even brighter days ahead.”
During the ceremony, Bhalla presented an honorary key to the city to Ferrante recognizing his service to the City.
Ferrante, a member of the Police Department for 28 years, served the last seven as Hoboken Police Chief.
Ferrante announced his retirement in May stating that the HPD 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 in May.
“It was a fitting sendoff for Chief Ferrante as we presented him with an honorary key to the city, the first we’ve given in my administration,” said Bhalla. “There’s no one who has given more to his city day in and day out, in his steadfast mission to keep our residents safe, than Chief Ferrante. Hoboken has the best police department in New Jersey in large part thanks to his leadership and the many positive changes he’s implemented as chief. On behalf of a grateful city, thank you Chief Ferrante for helping make Hoboken the great place it is today and for your 28 years of service.”