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.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007 3:47 pm

If you believe the padlock went on for security reasons, here’s another one you might swallow. Recent gossip has it that Billy Bergin is getting a divorce. He must have figured out that he is required to move back to Hoboken to keep his job, so low and behold, there’s a divorce coming. Now we all know that Billy Bergin is not the brightest light on the Christmas tree, but this is just too much for anyone to believe. Did his puppet master on the second floor, another dim light, put him up to this? If so, I hope the council sees through this for what it is, another way for the mayor to get over on them with this appointment.

Dr. Midnight
Dr. Midnight
Tuesday, December 11, 2007 10:44 pm

that is completely ridiculous.

Monday, December 10, 2007 6:43 pm

180K per year.

Hoboken is a truly magical place.

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