JERSEY CITY - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has appointed James Shea, an NYPD veteran, to be the city's new public safety director.

The former NYPD deputy chief headed gang, robbery and other specialty units in the Bronx and Manhattan.

Fulop says he expects Shea to fight crime city wide.

Shea will not only oversee the city's nearly 800 sworn police officers, but he will also head the fire department of nearly 600 firefighters. Residents are concerned that this is an area where he has no previous experience. Union leaders have already criticized the nomination.

Shea says he not surprised about the opposition. "I would be shocked if there were not objections," he says. "The union leaders, the leaders of these organizations, lead people and it's their job to lead people who have dedicated their lives their organizations."

Shea's nomination needs to be approved by Jersey City's council. If approved he says he will move to Jersey City.