[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Morris as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 6-12-1974 by Ord. No. 18-74 (Ch. 4 of the 1969 Code); amended in its entirety 10-15-2014 by Ord. No. 24-14]
There is hereby established in the Township of Morris to be hereafter known as the "Township of Morris Office of Emergency Management"; the object shall be to protect the lives and property of the residents of the Township of Morris from man-made and natural disasters through mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
The Office of Emergency Management shall consist of a Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator, an Executive Deputy Coordinator and as many positions deemed necessary under the table of organization required for the proper operation of the Office of Emergency Management.
The Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator shall be appointed by the Mayor of the Township of Morris pursuant to New Jersey Office of Emergency Management Directive 102.
The Executive Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator shall be appointed by the Mayor of the Township of Morris for a term of three years.
Deputy Coordinators shall be appointed by the Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator for a term of one year.
Members shall be appointed upon suitable application for membership. Approval for appointment will be contingent upon acceptance of the applicant by the Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator and the Township Committee. General qualifications for membership are as follows:
The applicant is a citizen of the United States.
The applicant has attained the age of 18 years through 65 years.
The applicant is in sound body and of good health sufficient to satisfy the Township of Morris Physician.
The applicant is able to read, write and speak the English language well and intelligently.
The applicant is of good moral character.
The applicant has not been convicted of any criminal offense involving moral turpitude.
The applicant has complied with all laws of the State of New Jersey.
Newly accepted applicants will serve a probationary period of reasonable duration, not to exceed one year.
Fingerprinting and background investigations of all applicants for acceptance in the Office of Emergency Management for the Township of Morris shall be conducted as follows:
Each applicant to the Township of Morris Office of Emergency Management shall furnish a classifiable set of fingerprints to the Morris Township Police Department.
The Police Department is authorized to conduct a field investigation and directed to conduct a criminal records check on each applicant for acceptance in the Office of Emergency Management.
The Police Department shall prepare a factual summary of the background investigation and criminal records check on each applicant and transmit such summary to the Coordinator of the Office of Emergency Management for the purpose of determining the fitness of the applicant. The summary may contain recommendations to the Coordinator concerning suitability for acceptance of an applicant.
Any applicant for the Office of Emergency Management who is denied acceptance on the basis of the investigation summary referred to in this article may inspect that summary for the purpose of clarifying, explaining or denying the accuracy of its contents.
Each applicant shall consent to a driver's license check through the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.
[Adopted 8-8-1990 by Ord. No. 27-90 (Ch. 6A, Art. III, of the 1969 Code)]
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-156.1 et seq., the Township of Morris hereby establishes the terms of an agreement with each and every municipality within Morris County and the contiguous counties surrounding Morris County for intermunicipal mutual police assistance at times of any and all emergencies. This agreement shall become effective as to each and every such municipality upon the adoption of a reciprocal ordinance thereby providing the same terms and conditions as set forth herein for the provision of mutual police assistance and including the Township of Morris within its coverage.
The Township of Morris hereby agrees to bear all expenses related to the rendering of emergency police assistance outside its boundaries and to make no claim for reimbursement for damages, injuries, wages and the like when it renders such assistance, provided that the municipality which is the recipient of such assistance has adopted a reciprocal ordinance containing the same terms and conditions and extending the same courtesies and advantages to the Township of Morris when emergency police assistance is provided to Morris Township.
Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:14-156.2, the members of the Police Department of the Township of Morris and any other municipality passing a reciprocal ordinance to establish an agreement with the same terms and conditions as under this article, while on duty rendering assistance to any other municipality entering into such an agreement, shall have the same powers, authority and immunities as have the members of the police force of the municipality in which such assistance is being rendered.
At such times that an emergency may occur and intermunicipal assistance is requested by the Chief of Police of a municipality having a reciprocal ordinance establishing an agreement with the same terms and conditions as this article, the Chief of Police of the municipality where said emergency exists shall be the senior ranking officer of all members of any police department which may be rendering assistance within the confines of said municipality.