Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer has named Battalion Chief Brian Crimmins to replace Anton Peskens as the new provisional head of the department.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“I thank Chief Peskens for his service to Hoboken as Provisional Chief and Battalion Chief Crimmins for stepping up to serve as our next Provisional Chief,” said Mayor Zimmer.
Crimmins has served in the Hoboken Fire Department since 2004 and was ranked no. 1 on the Battalion Fire Chief promotional list.
He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston College and also graduated no. 1 in his class at John Jay College of Criminal Justice where he received a Master of Public Administration.
Furthermore, Crimmins will be sworn in this week and will serve until a new Fire Chief test is administered in early 2018.
The test will be open to all Battalion Chiefs and Captains, and Mayor-elect Ravi Bhalla’s administration will make a decision on the next fire chief after the results of the test have been received.
Peskens was named the provisional chief in June 2015 and has been with the department since 1986.
“The City and Chief Peskens were unable to agree upon terms for his permanent appointment to the position of Fire Chief. Therefore, the City has requested that Civil Service generate a new eligibility list,” added city spokesman Juan Melli.
“Chief Peskens did a great job as Fire Chief, but Civil Service rules do not allow the City to keep him in the provisional position while Civil Service generates a new eligibility list for consideration.”