Hoboken will see the return of a familiar face when former Police Chief Ken Ferrante takes office as the city’s new Public Safety Director.
A 28-year veteran of Hoboken’s police department, Ferrante started out as a police officer in 1993, and later became the city’s Police Chief from 2014 up until his retirement in July of 2021. He was also the city’s Office of Emergency Management Coordinator from 2013 and 2014.
“I thank Mayor Bhalla for the opportunity to once again serve the city of Hoboken and its residents in this new role,” said Ferrante in a statement. “I can’t wait to get to work with Acting Fire Chief Peskens, Acting Police Chief Aguiar, and OEM Coordinator Montanez to assist them in getting any resources they need to best run their departments and best protect our residents and visitors.”
As a director, Ferrante will analyze crime prevention and fire safety preparedness, update and implement strategic public safety policies and procedures for public safety, “and adjust departmental methods and protocols to increase operational efficiencies.”
According to a city press release, “He will also develop and monitor department budgets while finding cost saving measures, liaise with other agencies, and conduct community relations and public information programs, among other duties.”
“With our expanding population and city services, Ken’s nearly 30 years of Hoboken experience put him in the best position to lead public safety and assist City Hall as we build off the successes of the past several years,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “I look forward to working with Ken in his new role as he leads the process to modernize our public safety facilities.”