[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Manalapan 10-27-1993 by Ord. No. 93-30 as Ch. 29 of the 1993 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The terms used in this chapter are hereby defined as follows:
- FINANCIAL INTEREST
- Any interest which shall yield, directly or indirectly, a monetary or other material benefit (other than the duly authorized salary or compensation for his services to the municipality) to the official or employee or to any person employing or retaining the services of the official or employee.
- The local governmental unit under which the official or employee is functioning.
- OFFICIAL or EMPLOYEE
- Any person elected or appointed to, or employed or retained by, any public office or public body of the municipality, whether paid or unpaid and whether part-time or full-time.
- Any person, firm, association, group, partnership or corporation, or any combination thereof.
- PERSONAL INTEREST
- Any interest arising from blood or marriage relationships or from close business association, whether or not any financial interest is involved.
- PUBLIC BODY
- Any agency, board, body, commission, committee, department or office of the municipality.
No official or employee shall request, use or permit the use of any consideration, treatment, advantage or favor beyond that which it is the general practice to grant or make available to the public at large.
No official or employee shall request, use or permit the use of any publicly owned or publicly supported property, vehicle, equipment, material, labor or service for the personal convenience or the private advantage of himself or of any other person. This rule shall not be deemed to prohibit an official or employee from requesting, using or permitting the use of such publicly owned or publicly supplied property, vehicle, equipment, material, labor or service which it is the general practice to make available to the public at large or which is provided as a matter of stated public policy for the use of officials and employees in the conduct of official business.
No official or employee, either on his own behalf or on behalf of any other person, shall have any financial or personal interest in any business or transaction with any public body in the municipality unless he shall first make full public disclosure of the nature and extent of such interest.
Whenever the performance of his official duties shall require any official or employee to deliberate and vote on any matter involving his financial or personal interest, he shall publicly disclose the nature and extent of such interest and disqualify himself from participating in the deliberations as well as in the voting.
No official or employee shall engage in private employment with, or render services for, any private person who has business transactions with any public body of the municipality unless he shall first make full public disclosure of the nature and extent of such employment or services.
No official or employee shall appear on behalf of any private person, other than himself, before any public body in the municipality.
No official or employee shall, without prior formal authorization of the public body having jurisdiction, disclose any confidential information to advance the financial or personal interest of himself or any other person.
No official or employee shall accept any money, favor or loan that would not be offered or given to him if he were not an official or employee.
[Amended 6-20-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-09]
All local government officers of the Township, as defined in the Local Government Ethics Law, shall annually file a financial disclosure statement as required by N.J.S.A. 40A:9-22.6 and any applicable regulations adopted thereunder.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 40A:9-22.1 et seq.
Any appointed official or employee of the Township of Manalapan who shall violate any provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of misconduct in office and shall be subject to suspension, demotion, dismissal or removal from such office for such acts as the Township Committee may deem, by majority vote of its membership after written charges are filed with the Township Committee regarding such violations and after said Committee shall have set the matter down for a formal hearing before it and shall serve upon the accused a copy of the charges and designate a date and place for hearing, which shall be accomplished not later than 15 days after such charges are formally filed with it. At least 10 days' notice of such hearing, in writing, shall be given to the accused to afford the accused an opportunity to be heard at said hearing in the event the accused so desires.