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Gary Chmielewski

Department of Public Works
1.What have been your accomplishments as a City department director?

There are many accomplishments that the department has achieved over the past ten years because of employees that care. I would say our response to the Sandy Storm was a major achievement.

2. What things would you still like to accomplish as a City department director?

Resurfacing every street in the city.

3. What do you like about being a City department director?

That is the easiest question. Helping residents on a daily basis. You would be very surprised how many are very thankful. Unfortunately, we spend 90% of our energy responding to the same 10% of residents.

4. What is your favorite movie?

I have two favorites: It’s A Wonderful Life and Gigi.

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Robert Kubert

Department of Public Safety
1.What have been your accomplishments as a City department director?

It is with extreme gratitude that I recognize the faith placed in me by Mayor James Davis and his administration by being afforded the opportunity to serve as Director of Public Safety and as such, to continue my forty-three year career in service to this fine community with the Bayonne Police Department. The Director of the Department of Public Safety oversees the operations of the Police Department, the Fire Department, and the Parking Utility. In conjunction with the administrators and members of these departments, we ensure and provide a level of service to the community second to none. The across- the-board response time of all Public Safety Departments is above average in comparison to surrounding areas and other jurisdictions of comparable size and population. With the support of the City Administration, staffing levels have been continually examined and adjusted in furtherance of providing the best possible public safety services available at the most economically feasible level possible.

During the past three years of this Administration, the dedicated and professional members of the Police Department have worked diligently to produce an average crime rate reduction of approximately 4.2%, with the most significant reductions occurring in violent crimes. A renewed emphasis on Community Oriented Policing has been instituted through foot patrols and park-and-walks. In an effort to keep our motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians safe, and in response to increased incidents of distracted driving and distracted walking, we have made traffic enforcement a priority.

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Robert F. Sloan

City Clerk
1.What have been your accomplishments as a City department director?

I have overseen the transformation of the City Clerk’s Office from electric and manual typewriters to the first word processors in City Hall to computerization. Staff has been reduced from seven to three with much more work being accomplished. City Council meetings have gone from public attendance in person only, and hope the more important matters get press coverage, to live television broadcasts of the meetings.

2. What things would you still like to accomplish as a City department director?

I hope to see better record retention and recovery to deal with the increasing demands of the Open Public Records Act.

3. What do you like about being City Clerk?

The job stays interesting and I learn something new all the time.

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Drew Sisk

Police Chief
1. What have been your accomplishments as a Chief?

Since becoming Chief, I have committed to ensuring that officers continue to receive sufficient and current training that aids them in the performance of their respective assignments. While training has always been a priority, this year we have significantly increased the number of training hours provided to officers over the previous year.

We have hired eleven police officers to bolster our ranks and promoted ten officers to higher ranks.

We have also implemented a program where Narcotics Unit detectives and our K9 drug dog handler have received training and have been supplied with Narcan to counteract the life-threatening effects of opioid overdose. This program will be expanded to include training and supplying Narcan for all uniformed officers.

We are completing the process of becoming a fully accredited police agency in the coming weeks. This designation, given by the New Jersey State Chiefs of Police Organization, included a review of over 400 facets of the operation of the police department to calculate and improve our overall performance. This self-analysis allowed us to determine how best to adapt, as needed, to meet the established standards and objectives in place.

We also have installed a state-of-the-art computer aided dispatch and records keeping software program to replace outdated software that has been in place since the late 1980's.

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Jay Coffey

Law Director
1.What have been your accomplishments as a City department director?

Over the past three-and-a-half years, bringing the Law Department into the 21st century from a technological standpoint, and re-establishing a rapport between the Law Department and the general public.

2. What things would you still like to accomplish as a City department director?

Fully exercising the available technology, so that the Law Department can be more productive and responsive.

3. What do you like about being Law Director?

Working with members of the Law Department, the administration, and the public to overcome the intellectual and practical challenges we are faced with every day on an increasingly broad scope of topics.

4. What is your favorite movie?

Field of Dreams.

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Keith Weaver

Fire Chief
1. What have been your accomplishments as Chief?

With the support of Mayor James Davis, the City Council, and Public Safety Director Robert Kubert, the fire department staff and I have worked tirelessly to move the department forward.

We have updated and increased the amount of training our Firefighters receive to ensure their preparedness for many types of emergencies. The 57th firehouse is undergoing a major renovation to enable the facility to serve the community for many years to come. We have also refurbished our 1999 Tower Ladder to enable the apparatus remain in service for several more years.

The department also recently purchased thermal imaging cameras, which will allow each Firefighter working in a fire building to see through smoke. We believe this accomplishment is the first of its kind in for a municipal fire department, in a city the size of Bayonne, in the State of NJ.

We are also in the process hiring of new Firefighters to replace those who have retired.

2. What things would you still like to accomplish as Chief?

I will continue to streamline our operations and enhance our Fire Prevention and educational programs for our community. We would also like to continue to update our firehouses and fire apparatus in a timely and cost effective manner.

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Terrence Malloy

Acting Business Administrator, Chief Financial Officer, and Coordinator of the Special Improvement District/Urban Enterprise Zone (SID/UEZ)
1. What have been your accomplishments as a City department director?

In my career with the City, I view my most important accomplishment as helping to keep Bayonne Hospital open. If they had closed back in 2007, then Bayonne not only would have had no hospital, but more importantly, no emergency room. Lives would have been lost, due to the additional travel time of being transported to Jersey City.

2. What things would you still like to accomplish as a City department director?

I look forward to continuing my role in assisting the development of the City of Bayonne. With continued development, Bayonne will be well-positioned to compete and to survive in an ever-changing world.

3. What do you like about being a City department director?

The most satisfying part of being a department director is when a citizen stops me and says “thank you.” That’s a reward that is always appreciated.

4. What is your favorite movie?

My favorite movie that I will never want to see again is Schindler’s List. My favorite movie that I can see a thousand times, and likely have, is The Wizard of Oz.

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More directors to come...