Capt. Edelmiro "Eddie" Garcia will become Hoboken's provisional chief of police on July 1.
Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced the appointment on Wednesday. Garcia, the department's most senior captain having held the position since 1995, will take over after current Police Chief Anthony Falco retires on June 30.
"I thank Chief Falco for his many years of service and dedication to our community and wish him a happy retirement," Zimmer said in a statement. "During his time as police chief, crime in Hoboken has reached and remained at historic lows. I thank Captain Garcia for stepping up and taking on this new role as our Police Department undergoes this important transition."
Numerous captains and lieutenants took the civil service police chief test on June 2. The test results are expected in several months. Following an interview process, Zimmer will appoint a permanent police chief in the coming months.