Video: FDNY swears in chief of department, 3 other top-level staff chiefs
After about a year as chief of fire operations, John J. Hodgens rises to the highest-ranking uniformed position
By Leila Merrill
NEW YORK — Acting Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh presided at the swearing-in of four top-level FDNY staff chiefs Friday morning.
John J. Hodgens is now chief of department — the highest-ranking uniformed position in the FDNY. Former Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro appointed Hodgens chief of fire operations last year.
Also on Friday morning, John M. Esposito was appointed chief of fire operations. Malcolm Moore was promoted to deputy assistant chief and appointed chief of special operations. Charles R. Downey was promoted to deputy assistant chief and appointed chief of the fire academy.
The ceremony was held at the FDNY Training Academy on Randall’s Island.