Township of Maplewood, NJ
Essex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Maplewood 9-20-1994 as Ord. No. 1950.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Administration of government — See Ch. 6.
Insurance Fund Commission — See Ch. 43.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 31, Defense and Indemnification of Officials, adopted 2-18-1986 as Ord. No. 1686.

§ 31-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
OFFICIAL OR MUNICIPAL OFFICIAL
A present or former township employee, appointee, official, elected official or member of the various boards, agencies and commissions of the Township of Maplewood, Essex County, New Jersey.

§ 31-2 Civil actions.

A. 
The Township of Maplewood is hereby directed to provide for the defense of actions brought against its officials and to indemnify such officials to the extent hereinafter set forth, and shall save harmless and protect such officials from any financial loss resulting from litigation.
B. 
The obligation of the Township of Maplewood to defend and indemnify its officials for acts or omissions arising out of or in the course of the performance of the duties of that person shall be limited to those circumstances under which the township itself would be liable for the acts of its officials under the doctrine of respondent superior.

§ 31-3 Criminal actions.

The township shall indemnify the costs of defending any criminal action against its officials, provided that:
A. 
The township is authorized by state statute, municipal ordinance or by resolution.
B. 
The criminal proceeding(s) has been dismissed or results in a final disposition in favor of the official.
C. 
The Township Committee determines that there is no good cause to dismiss the official arising out of the incident or related incidents of the criminal proceeding(s).

§ 31-4 Conditions precluding defense or indemnification.

The Township Committee shall not approve indemnification or the defense of any action if:
A. 
The act or omission complained of was not within the scope of employment or authority.
B. 
The act or omission complained of was the result of actual fraud, willful misconduct or actual malice.
C. 
The defense of the action or proceeding would create a conflict of interest between the township and the official involved.
D. 
There exists policies of insurance, either obtained by the township or by another, by virtue of which the township official is entitled to a defense of the action in question from the insurer.
E. 
The official has failed to deliver to the Township Administrator within ten (10) days of the time he/she is served with any summons, complaint, process, notice, demand or pleading, the original or copy of such document, or thereafter fails to cooperate with the township or its attorneys in the defense of the matter.
F. 
The official fails to request the defense of any action.
G. 
The action is brought by the township.

§ 31-5 Township options in providing defense.

If the Township Committee determines to provide a defense in a civil action as authorized in this chapter, it may do so by:
A. 
Designating a member of its Law Department;
B. 
Hiring an attorney of the township's choice and paying same directly; or
C. 
Indemnifying the official for a reasonable attorney's fee expended or obligated to be expended by such official in defense of the action.