Four months after Hoboken Police Chief Anthony Falco Sr. retired, the Mile Square City has named a seasoned lieutenant – Kenneth Ferrante – to become the department’s top cop.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Kenneth Ferrante, a 21-year police veteran – who has been a lieutenant for the past 11 years – will take over as Chief of Police on December 1. In the interim between Falco’s retirement and Ferrante’s appointment, Edelmiro “Eddie” Garcia has been, and will briefly continue to serve as, the Provisional Chief of Police.
“It was a very difficult choice, and Hoboken was lucky to have three outstanding candidates for the position,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer in a prepared statement. “I thank Chief Garcia and Captain Pasculli for their willingness to serve, and I congratulate Lieutenant Ferrante on his appointment and look forward to working with him as our new chief.”
“On behalf of the citizens of Hoboken, I thank Chief Garcia for his lifelong commitment to the City of Hoboken and for leading our Police Department through this transition.”
Some of Ferrante’s recent assignments included serving as South Hoboken Commander of the Hurricane Sandy operation, as well as the Southeast Hoboken Commander of the Hurricane Irene Operation.
Since 2013, he has also served as Coordinator of the Office of Emergency Management.
Sgt. John Petrosino, the President of the Hoboken Police Superior Officers Association, commended Zimmer on what he felt was a great personnel decision.
“Ken’s dedication to the Hoboken Police Department has been unmatched since he took his oath as a patrolman some twenty years ago. From community services foot patrol officer to commander of uniformed motorized patrol, Lieutenant Ferrante has been goal oriented and task driven,” he said in a written statement.
“He possesses street cop savvy with the intellect of a college professor. He is a hard but fair supervisor who uses practicality harmoniously with regulations.”
Additionally, Ferrante has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice from New Jersey City University and has received multiple accolades for his service – including the Combat Cross, two Honorable Service awards, and two Exceptional Duty awards.
Furthermore, Ferrante thanked Zimmer and the city of Hoboken on Twitter: