In a ceremony on Thursday, July 6, in the City Council Chambers, Bayonne’s new Police Chief, Drew Sisk, and new Deputy Chief, Robert Geisler, took their oaths of office before an audience of more than 200 people. Sisk is the twentieth Chief in the history of the Bayonne Police Department.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mayor Davis, a retired police officer, noted that he worked with both Chief Sisk and Deputy Chief Geisler throughout his law enforcement career, and that he has “cherished friendships” with both of them.
Chief Sisk was sworn in by his wife, City Attorney Susan Ferraro. Recalling her husband’s words that “policing is a dynamic profession,” Ferraro cited his “dedication and diligence” as an officer. City Clerk Robert F. Sloan administered the oath of office to Deputy Chief Geisler.
Public Safety Director Robert Kubert said that he has known both Chief Sisk and Deputy Chief Geisler since they joined the Police Department. He explained that he has observed their “dedication and professionalism” since the beginning of their careers. Kubert thanked former Police Chief Drew Niekrasz for having brought the Bayonne Police Department into the twenty-first century in technology. Director Kubert cited Niekrasz’s leadership role in starting upgrades in the City of Bayonne’s Communication Center, housed in the Police Department, which handles thousands of emergency phone calls and radio messages each year.
Former Chief Niekrasz said he “could not be prouder” of the Police Department’s new leadership. He described Chief Sisk as being “the sharpest person” on case law. Niekrasz commended Deputy Chief Geisler for the quality of his work at crime scenes and in the Detective Bureau. Niekrasz predicted that the Police Department “will be in good hands.”
Director Kubert described both Chief Sisk and Deputy Chief Geisler as officers who “have proven themselves in the field.” Kubert predicted that both men would carry on the tradition of the Bayonne Police Department “with professionalism and dedication.”
Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, a Bayonne native, congratulated both Sisk and Geisler, and promised to continue the cooperative relationship with the Bayonne Police Department that she began during Chief Niekrasz’s administration.
City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski said she has known both Chief Sisk and Deputy Chief Geisler during their careers. She noted that they have both worked hard and have made sacrifices for their careers. She added that Sisk and Geisler “have served with great professionalism and dignity.”
Council Member At-Large Juan Perez said he was “very proud” of the new Chief and Deputy Chief. He told them that their “hard work has paid off.”
Second Ward Council Member Sal Gullace said that he has known Chief Sisk and Deputy Chief Geisler “for a long time,” and that their promotions are “well-deserved.”
First Ward Council Member Tom Cotter said that Chief Sisk and Deputy Chief Geisler “follow in a strong tradition.” Council Member Cotter said he was “confident we’re in good hands.”
In his first speech as leader of the department, Chief Sisk said he was “attracted by the dynamism of the profession” of police officer when he was young. He said that he “never could have imagined” being Chief. Explaining his leadership style, Chief Sisk said, “I promise to you the model of service-driven policing.” He said that his goals would be “fighting crime,” “reducing crime,” and providing Bayonne residents with “a sense of security.” Chief Sisk thanked former Chief Niekrasz for his “hard work and dedication.” Chief Sisk called Deputy Chief Geisler “a well-respected division commander with a wealth of experience.”
Chief Sisk was appointed to the Bayonne Police Department on March 21, 1988. Before assuming his new position, he was promoted to Sergeant in 1999, to Lieutenant in 2003, to Captain in 2006, and to Deputy Chief in 2014. During his career, Chief Sisk has served as a Patrol Officer, Narcotics Detective, Training Officer, Administrative Bureau Commander, and as a Patrol Division Platoon Commander. He is the recipient of seven Excellent Police Service Awards. Chief Sisk is a graduate of Marist High School. He attended William Paterson College and New Jersey City University.
Deputy Chief Geisler was appointed to the Bayonne Police Department on January 16, 1995. Before assuming his new position, he was promoted to Sergeant in 2002, to Lieutenant in 2007, and to Captain in 2013. He is the recipient of thirteen Excellent Police Service Awards. During his career, Deputy Chief Geisler served in the Patrol Division, the Detective Bureau, the Juvenile Aid Bureau, and the Community Oriented Policing Unit. Most recently, he served as the Commander of the Detective Bureau. He is a graduate of St. Peter’s Prep. He was a double major in Psychology and Criminal Justice at Kings College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
At the ceremony, Deputy Chief Peter Nevins read out the biographies of Chief Sisk and Deputy Chief Geisler. The Bayonne Police Pipes and Drums and the Police Department Honor Guard participated in the entrance procession. Police Officer Doaa Salama led the Pledge of Allegiance. Father John Fencik, Chaplain of the Bayonne Police Benevolent Association, offered the invocation and the benediction.