Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer names Anton Peskens as provisional fire chief

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In light of Hoboken Fire Chief Richard Blohm announcing his retirement last month, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer has named Department Battalion Chief Anton Peskens as the city’s new provisional fire chief.

Photo courtesy of Mayor Dawn Zimmer's office.
Photo courtesy of Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“We are fortunate to have great talent and many qualified leaders in our Fire Department,” Zimmer said in a statement.

“I thank Chief Peskens for agreeing to take on this major responsibility for the next several months as we begin the process of identifying a permanent Chief to lead the department in the years ahead.”

Peskens is currently the Hoboken Fire Department’s most senior battalion chief, having joined the squad back in 1986 and has served as battalion chief since 2011.

Zimmer recently interviewed all battalion chiefs prior to selecting a provisional chief, her office said today, with Peskens taking over the new position on Friday.

A swearing in ceremony will take place ­­­­­­­­­­on Tuesday, June 23rd at 3:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers. All members of the public are invited to attend.

Since Blohm’s retirement became official on June 1, the department has been operating with an officer in charge for several weeks.

Once Civil Service administers the Fire Chief’s exam and publishes the results, the Administration will interview candidates for the position of permanent fire chief.