Fire Chief Cassesa Locked Out
10 days ago, Hoboken’s new Public Safety Director Bill Bergin, in an effort to “secure” records, padlocked Fire Chief John Cassesa’s office while he was on an “extended” vacation. It’s up to you to determine if this was done as a well-orchestrated “good job Bill” publicity stunt or ego trip (with no tangible results), or not.
Bergin is on a mission to examine attendance records for all police and fire employees. Apparently fire department records have been made digital, but some (additional or redundant) records are stored on paper in Cassesa’s office.
Cassesa returned to work on December 5th, and was given a copy of the padlock key, in an effort to “keep track” of who has access to this office. Former Chief Richard Tremitiedi said he didn’t like the door being padlocked, citing “dat’s poor communication!”
Cassesa, who’s been with the Hoboken FD for nearly 40 years, is set to call it quits (i.e., collect pension for life) this coming June. He’s currently earning over $180k per year, and has been Hoboken’s Chief since 1994.