Jersey City Mayor-elect Steven Fulop announced today that he has retained the firm of former New York City Police and Fire Commissioner Howard Safir to conduct a search for a public safety director and an audit of the police structure.
“We’re making a break from the way it has been done in the past because I’m committed to providing the best public safety services possible. Jersey City deserves the best and brightest to oversee public safety,” Fulop said. “My priority is the safety for all the citizens of Jersey City, and I am excited to have waterfront corporations contributing to this effort as funding partners.”
Fulop said Safir’s firm, Vigilant Resources International, will receive payment through private donations raised by Fulop and “Building An Empire,” a non-profit organization in Jersey City headed by Councilwoman Diane Coleman. No tax dollars will be used for the search; funds will be raised through local corporate businesses, the mayor-elect said.
Safir was appointed Fire Commissioner in New York City under the administration of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in 1994. Two years later, Giuliani appointed him police commissioner, a position he held until 2000.
“Howard Safir has the knowledge, experience and contacts to help ensure that our director of public safety has the leadership, management, technical and interpersonal skills to be a productive member of my administration,” said Fulop, who added that Safir will also conduct a restructuring plan for the police and fire departments to communicate the goals, objectives, and milestones expected to be achieved during the first 120 days of the Fulop Administration.
“I am confident we will attract new leadership for our world-class police and fire departments, resulting in less crime, better response times, and fewer citizen complaints,” Fulop said.