Township of Hamilton, NJ
Atlantic County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Hamilton 10-20-2008 by Ord. No. 1633-2008. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Defense and indemnification — See Ch. 17.
Ethics — See Ch. 30.
Officers and employees — See Ch. 60.
Personnel — See Ch. 66.

§ 57-1 Enactment.

The Mayor and Township Committee of the Township of Hamilton declare that an anti-nepotism policy should be enacted.

§ 57-2 Definitions; word usage.

A. 
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
APPOINTED OFFICIAL
An individual, appointed either by the Mayor and/or Township Committee, to any "local government agency" as that term is defined within N.J.S.A. 40A:9-22.3(e) and includes, but is not limited to, appointees to the Zoning Board of Adjustment, Planning Board, Industrial Commission, Municipal Utilities Authority, and any other agency or board within the Township of Hamilton, as well as any other independent local authority or entity created by the Township of Hamilton, which performs functions other than of a purely advisory nature and/or one in which the members receive compensation.
ELECTED OFFICIAL
The elected members of Township Committee.
B. 
Wherever and whenever this chapter mentions or references "family member" or "relative," same refers to a spouse; child; parent; sibling; grandparent; grandchild; father-in-law; mother-in-law; brother-in-law; sister-in-law; stepfather; stepmother; stepsibling; half-brother; half-sister; nephew; niece; first cousin; aunt; uncle; foster child; domestic partner or cohabitants as defined by the New Jersey Civil Union Act.

§ 57-3 Hiring and supervision of employees.

A. 
No person who is a relative or family member of any elected official or the Township Administrator of the Township shall be considered for employment as an employee of the Township. This applies to full-time, part-time and seasonal employment. This shall not restrict nor prohibit the continued employment of individuals to a position or positions with the Township where a relative of a permanent employee is elected after the date of the permanent employee's start date of employment with the Township.
B. 
No elected official can serve as liaison to any department that employees any member of that elected official's family.
C. 
No municipal employee shall be in a position that provides supervision over a member of his or her family. This precludes the acceptance of applications for full-time, part-time or seasonal employment from relatives for positions in the same department where supervision conflicts exist or, through promotion, potential conflict could exist. This policy does not apply to present employees of the Township.
D. 
These policies are not for the purpose of depriving any citizen of an equal chance for a government job, but solely to eliminate the potential for preferential treatment of the relatives of government personnel or elected officials. These policies will not deprive any permanent employee as of the date of these policies of any promotional right in the normal career development nor change the existing status of any permanent employee. None of these policies apply to any unpaid volunteer positions.

§ 57-4 Promotion of existing employees.

No elected official, appointed official or supervisor may participate in the promotion process, or any other personnel matter, of any existing municipal employee who is a relative or family member of such elected official, appointed official or supervisor.

§ 57-5 Appointments.

A. 
No relative or family member of an elected official shall be appointed to the position of any municipal professional who receives compensation, or to any "local government agency" as that term is defined within N.J.S.A. 40A:9-22.3(e) and includes, but is not limited to, the Zoning Board of Adjustment, Planning Board, Industrial Commission, Municipal Utilities Authority, and any other agency or board within the Township of Hamilton, as well as any other independent local authority or entity created by the Township of Hamilton, which performs functions other than of a purely advisory nature and/or one in which the members receive compensation.
B. 
No relative or family member of an appointed official shall be appointed to the position of any municipal professional who receives compensation, and includes professionals who provide services to the Township or to any "local government agency" within the Township, as that term is defined within N.J.S.A. 40A:9-22.3(e), and includes, but is not limited to, the Zoning Board of Adjustment, Planning Board, Industrial Commission, Municipal Utilities Authority, and any other agency or board within the Township of Hamilton, as well as any other independent local authority or entity created by the Township of Hamilton.

§ 57-6 Preservation of records.

All statements, complaints, requests or other written materials filed pursuant to this chapter, or other official papers prepared pursuant to this chapter, shall be preserved for a period of at least five years from the date of filing or preparation.