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Directors

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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Rob Geisler

Police Chief
1. What things would you like to accomplish as Chief?

As Chief of Police, I will ensure that the members of our community continue to receive the highest quality police services to which they have become accustomed. The Bayonne Police Department is a service-driven organization. Our job is to ensure the safety and security of our community. I intend to accomplish this through reactive and proactive policing, ensuring our police officers are properly trained, educating the public about current crime trends and how they can help to protect themselves, partnering with community members to help prevent crime, and by utilizing technology to make the Bayonne Police Department more effective and more efficient.

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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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Ed (Junior) Ferrante

Emergency Management Coordinator
1. What have been your accomplishments as Emergency Management Coordinator?

I was fortunate to have a foundation in Emergency Management built by working with Jersey City OEM. Since becoming the Bayonne Coordinator in 2016, our office has been able to greatly improve the communication of information to our residents. Both Mayor Davis and Public Safety Director Kubert directed OEM to create social media platforms to engage our public and keep them informed. Bayonne OEM Facebook and Twitter now have over 7,000 followers and growing. Our office has also responded to scores of various types of emergencies and assisted numerous residents. I was also the first Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator in NJ to attend and graduate from the newly formed OEM Academy. This academy, instituted by FEMA, and taught by the NJ State Police, mirrors the academies that all police officers and firefighters must attend. This training, as well as hundreds of hours of other training, has placed our office in a much better position to serve our residents better.

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