City of Bayonne names Keith Weaver new fire department chief

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Keith Weaver, a deputy chief for the Bayonne Fire Department, will formally take the reigns of the department at a ceremony on Friday, Mayor Jimmy Davis announced late this afternoon.

Photo via Bayonnenj.org.
Photo via Bayonnenj.org.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Deputy Chief Weaver has been an incredible asset to the City throughout his career in the Fire Department,” Davis said in a statement. “During the past year and a half I have had the great opportunity to work with Keith.”

“He truly has a passion for the profession, especially in a period of time where we’ve witnessed an unfortunate and unprecedented spike in the number and intensity of fire related incidents. His professionalism, management skills, planning techniques, and knowledge of fire-suppression are second to none.”

Davis, a retired police captain, said all things considered, he has “the utmost confidence in him” to lead the City’s Fire Department.

Additionally, Weaver resides in Bayonne with his wife Lisa and daughters Kendra and Jamie. He was appointed to the Bayonne Fire Department on May 15, 1990 and rose to the ranks of lieutenant, captain, battalion chief  and deputy chief in 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011, respectively.

In 2010, he was appointed as Coordinator of the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management (OEM).

Weaver will be formally sworn-in as the 11th Bayonne Fire Department chief on Friday, March 4 at a promotional ceremony scheduled for 2:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers.