[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Fort Lee 11-8-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-49. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 99, Director of Public Safety, adopted 2-12-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-1.
Be it ordained by the Acting Mayor and Council of the Borough of Fort Lee, Bergen County, New Jersey ("Borough"), that, pursuant to their powers arising under N.J.S.A. 40A:14-118, the position, office, title, powers and duties of Director of Public Safety, as established in §§ 99-1 through 99-11 of the Borough Code, are hereby repealed and abolished.
Hereafter, the administrative powers of the (now former) Director of Public Safety, as previously set forth in § 99-5 of the Borough Code, shall be assumed by the Borough of Fort Lee, Borough Administrator, subject to the overall authority of the Mayor and Council and its designated Police Committee.
Editor's Note: The duties as set forth in former § 99-5 were as follows: "Under the general direction of the Mayor and Council, the Director shall have managerial, coordinating and planning authority for the Borough of Fort Lee Police Department, Fire Department, Communications Department, Ambulance Corps and the Office of Emergency Management (hereinafter the "Public Safety Departments") in such manner as may be consistent with applicable statutes, ordinances, regulations and judicial precedent, and shall be responsible for the coordination, administration, overall supervision, regulation and discipline of same. All officers and members of the Public Safety Departments shall perform their duties subject to the supervision of the Director. The Director shall, generally, accomplish his duties through and in consultation with the department heads of the various individual public safety departments."
The duties of the Borough Administrator shall not infringe upon the duties of the Chief of Police as set forth in N.J.S.A. 40A:14-118.
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-118, the Mayor and Council of the Borough is hereby designated as the appropriate authority for the adoption and promulgation of the rules, regulations, policy, management and government of the Borough's Police Department, except that the Borough Administrator shall be the appropriate authority for the limited purpose of police personnel matters relating to the discipline and discharge from employment of the members and officers of the Borough's Police Department.
The Mayor and Council shall, from time to time, by majority vote, designate the Mayor or one or more members of the Council as members of the Police Committee. The Police Committee shall have general managerial and supervisory direction of the Police Department, subject to ultimate control by the Borough Council. The Police Committee shall act through the Borough Administrator and/or Chief of Police or their designees/subordinates, as appropriate.