Two senior FDNY executives are relinquishing titles in protest after the commissioner demoted three other executives in a shake-up.

After FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh demoted three FDNY executives over the weekend, two senior uniformed officials resigned in protest, Daily News has learned.

Unrest at the highest levels of the FDNY began when Kavanagh demoted deputy chiefs Fred Schaaf and Michael Gal and assistant chief Joseph Jardine, multiple sources told The News.

Outraged FDNY chief John “Jack” Hodgens, the agency’s highest-ranking uniformed officer, then voluntarily resigned from his post in protest of Kavanagh’s actions, sources said, with fire chief John Esposito following suit.

Two senior FDNY executives are relinquishing titles in protest after the commissioner demoted three other executives in a shake-up.

Both men technically remain in their positions, but will return to their rank of Deputy Civil Service Chief. They asked to be placed in their former units. Cavanaugh was “disappointed” with their decision, sources said.

“We do not comment on personnel changes,” FDNY spokesman Frank Dwyer said on Monday.

Cavanaugh did not consult with Mayor Adams before the demotion, sources said. The sources added that it was one of the unions that first warned city hall of demotions and resignations on Sunday evening.

A spokesman for Mayor Adams said Kavanagh “makes personnel decisions that she believes are in the best interests of the FDNY.”

“It’s important for New Yorkers to know that the FDNY remains ready to respond in the event of an emergency,” the spokesperson added.

The departures led to criticism of Kavanaugh by at least one of the FDNY’s unions and concerns about the future development of the agency’s leadership.

“This is definitely a rebuke to the commissioner that culminated this weekend,” said James McCarthy, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association.

“But the biggest impact on the safety of New Yorkers. We will lose all this talent, fiery experience and leadership in the leadership of the department. These are the people who come in when the fire gets out of control and cover the logistics, and this will affect how we protect the life and property of the city.”

FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh

The uproar comes at a time when the department is grappling with personnel struggles, retiring to the rank of deputy chief, and continued federal scrutiny of its hiring practices. The plan of promotions is scheduled for Tuesday.

Hodgens earned $242,193 in 2022 as a department head. A former colleague of Hodgens told The News, “He’s the most respected person I’ve ever met at FDNY.”

Other executives may resign on Tuesday, sources said.

Schaaf, Gala and Jardin, who have each also returned to their ranks of deputy civil service chief, are close to retirement age.

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