Hoboken Police Capt. Steven Aguiar will become the city’s acting police chief next month after Daniel LoBue, who replaced Chief Kenneth Ferrante in July, retires.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Aguiar, a Mile Square City native and 20-year veteran of the force, will become acting chief on March 1st, the same date as LoBue’s retirement.
“I am honored to continue to serve the City I love in this new capacity. I would like to thank Mayor Bhalla for the opportunity to lead the Hoboken Police Department, and I look forward to working with my fellow officers and the administration to modernize the department, keep residents safe, and enhance community relations,” LoBue said in a statement.
Aguiar served as a uniform patrol officer and detective with the vice unit. He has also commanded the bureau of internal affairs, the department’s technical service bureau, and the emergency response unit and he has served on the chief’s command staff since 2018.
He was also promoted to captain last year.
LoBue also endorsed Aguiar as the right candidate to succeed him.
“I know that I am leaving the department in good hands under the capable leadership of Captain Aguiar. Captain Aguiar is an officer of integrity who possesses the experience and knowledge to lead the department in the years ahead. I know he will continue to serve the City and its residents well,” he added.
Furthermore, Aguiar is a member of the city’s policing policy task force and has received numerous awards for his service, including the Gallantry Star, Meritorious Service Award, Exceptional Service Award, Honorable Service Award, and Life Saving Award, among others.
Aguiar will become the second Hispanic Acting Police Chief in Hoboken’s history, following Edelmiro “Eddie” Garcia’s service as Acting Police Chief in 2014.
“After conducting a thorough search for a new police chief, I found that I didn’t have to look far. Captain Aguiar has outstanding leadership, team-leading abilities, and the respect of his fellow officers inside and outside of the department,” noted Mayor Ravi Bhalla.
“I look forward to working with him and the entire Hoboken Police Department as we create a safer Hoboken for all of our residents.”
The city will hold a retirement ceremony for LoBue and a promotion ceremony for Aguiar in the coming weeks.
“I’d like to extend my warmest congratulations to Captain Aguiar on his promotion to acting chief. Captain Aguiar represents the best of us, a home-grown talent with a distinguished career whom we can all look up to. As chair of the City Council’s Public Safety Subcommittee, I look forward to working closely with him over the next few years,” added Councilman-at-Large Joe Quintero.
“Also, as a fellow Hispanic American, I am proud to see Captain Aguiar take on this new responsibility as just the second Hispanic Acting Police Chief in our city’s history; diversity and representation within our city’s leadership matters and is critical to our success.”
At the end of last year, the city announced that County Commissioner Anthony Romano (D-5), a retired Hoboken police captain, would serve as a public safety advisor to the local police and fire departments.