[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Hackensack 9-21-1936 as Ord. No. 233. Section 9-1 added and § 9-2A amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Article I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to prescribe rules and methods of procedure pertaining to the trial of charges preferred against city employees under tenure received under statutory provisions.
A stenographic transcript of the proceedings shall be made of every trial conducted by the City Manager on charges preferred against any city employee described in § 9-1.
A copy of the stenographic transcript of the proceedings of every such trial shall be filed with the City Clerk; and an additional copy thereof shall be delivered at the residence of each member of the City Council at least four days before the next regular Council meeting.
The City Manager, before rendering any decision on any such trial, shall, at the next regular meeting of the City Council following the trial, make a written report to the City Council stating the disposition he intends to make of the case and his reasons therefor; and a copy of such report shall be delivered at the residence of each Councilman and at the residence of the employee named in such report at least four days before such Council meeting.
The Council may either approve the report of the City Manager or order a different disposition of any such case. It may lay over the report for further consideration until the following regular meeting of the Council or to a special meeting called for that purpose. If the City Council decides upon a decision different from that contained in the report of the City Manager, the decision of the City Council shall be enforced by the City Manager.
At the meeting of the City Council at which the City Manager makes his report as aforesaid, the employee mentioned in such report may, within the discretion of the Council, be heard; provided, however, that said employee has filed with the City Clerk at least two days prior to such Council meeting a written request setting forth the reasons for such hearing. If such a hearing is allowed to any such employee, then the City Council may permit the taking of additional proof which was not available at the time of the trial or was offered and refused by the City Manager, if in the opinion of the City Council such proof is of sufficient importance.