Village of Ridgefield Park, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Village of Ridgefield Park as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Boards and commissions — See Ch. 23.
Personnel practices — See Ch. 73.
Salaries and compensation — See Ch. 91.
[Adopted 4-25-1972 (Ch. 5, Art. I, of the 1985 Code)]
The governing body of the Village shall be composed of five Commissioners, duly qualified, elected and compensated in accordance with the provisions of Chapters 70 to 76 of Title 40 of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey (known as "Commission Form of Government Law") (N.J.S.A. 40:70-1 et seq.) and other applicable provisions of such Act and state statutes applying thereto. The Commissioners so elected shall have the privileges and powers possessed by commissioners elected in accordance with the commission form of government law.
[Adopted 12-27-1979 by Ord. No. 16-79 (Ch. 5, Art. II, of the 1985 Code)]
The following offices are hereby created within the Village of Ridgefield Park.
[Amended 10-27-2009 by Ord. No. 09-11]
There is hereby created, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:9-133, the office of Village Clerk, which is an appointive office. The term of said office shall be three years and until a successor has been appointed and qualified, to commence on January 1 of the year in which the individual is appointed to said office. No person shall be appointed or reappointed as the Municipal Clerk unless that person holds a registered municipal clerk certificate issued pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:9-133.3 or 40A:9-133.4. The Village Clerk shall be responsible for maintaining all uniform records concerning the offices of the municipality and such bodies as may be necessary; record in full all ordinances and resolutions and other proceedings of the municipality; publish all notices required by law or by ordinance; keep and maintain all election records and have custody of all property used in connection with elections; prepare and attest to such reports as may be necessary for the operation of the municipality; and perform such other duties as may be required by law. The salary of the Village Clerk shall be in accordance with the Salary Ordinance of the Village of Ridgefield Park, as amended from time to time.
[Amended 10-27-2009 by Ord. No. 09-11]
There is hereby created, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:9-142, the office of Tax Collector, which is an appointive office. The term of said office shall be four years, to commence on January 1 next following the appointment of said Tax Collector. Any vacancies other than due to the expiration of the term shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired term. The Tax Collector shall be responsible for the following: to collect and receive all moneys assessed or raised by taxation or assessment or by liens and trust assessments or for any other purpose within the Village of Ridgefield Park; to record receipts and proper records, and to make deposits in the account of the Tax Collector, in accordance with the requirements of statute and applicable regulations adopted by the appropriate state agencies; to maintain tax duplicates or other proof of subsidiary records; to record and credit the accounts of property or persons against which taxes or assessments are levied; to reconcile bank accounts at the close of each month; to conduct tax sales when required; and to maintain proper records of the disposition of items for sale and the records of liens when such are required by the municipality. The salary of the Tax Collector shall be in accordance with the Salary Ordinance of the Village of Ridgefield Park.
There is hereby created, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:9-139, the office of Municipal Attorney. The term of said office shall be for one year, commencing on January 1 of each year. This shall be an appointive office. The Municipal Attorney shall hold office until a successor has been appointed and qualified. The Municipal Attorney shall act as legal advisor to the municipality; represent the municipality in litigation; draft ordinances, contracts and resolutions; and upon request of the governing body, render such other legal advice as may be required by statute, ordinance, resolution or otherwise. Compensation to the Municipal Attorney shall be as set forth in the Salary Ordinance of the Village of Ridgefield Park, which salary shall include attendance at official meetings of the governing body and at work sessions of the governing body. In addition to the retainer, the Municipal Attorney shall receive fees for services rendered in accordance with the normal professional fees charged by attorneys at law. Charges for such services shall be paid upon the proper submission of a voucher to the Village of Ridgefield Park.
There is hereby created, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:9-140, the office of Municipal Engineer. The term of said office shall be three years and until a successor has been appointed and qualified. The term of said office shall commence on January 1 following the appointment to said office. The Municipal Engineer shall provide engineering advice to the governing body, maintain the Village's Official Map, prepare plans and specifications for public work authorized by the governing body and make such other field surveys as may be required. He shall make inspections of public projects as may be necessary or desirable and shall provide all professional engineering advice and assistance as may be required by law of him by ordinance or otherwise. The Municipal Engineer shall be compensated in accordance with the Salary Ordinance of the Village of Ridgefield Park. In addition, he shall receive fees for services rendered by him in accordance with normal professional fees charged by a licensed professional engineer. Charges for such services shall be paid upon the proper submission of a voucher to the Village of Ridgefield Park.
There is hereby created, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:9-146, the office of Municipal Tax Assessor, which is an appointive office. The term of said office shall be for four years, commencing on the first day of July following the appointment of said Tax Assessor. The Tax Assessor shall have the following duties: He shall assess all needs in accordance with N.J.S.A. 54:4-23, and he shall perform all duties required by N.J.S.A. 54:4-1 et seq., and all duties required by the Bergen County Board of Taxation, the New Jersey Tax Court and the State Department of Taxation. Any vacancies other than due to expiration of the term of the Tax Assessor shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired term or until the appointment and qualification of a successor. Compensation of the Tax Assessor shall be in accordance with the Salary Ordinance of the Village of Ridgefield Park.
[Added 3-27-1990 by Ord. No. 5-90]
There is hereby created in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:9-140.10, the office of Chief Financial Officer, which is an appointive office. The term of said office shall be in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:9-140.1 et seq. The Chief Financial Officer shall carry out the responsibilities set forth under P.L. 1947, c. 151 (N.J.S.A. 52:27BB-26 et seq.), and the Chief Financial Officer shall be certified in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:9-140.2 et seq.
A. 
Certificate for appointment or reappointment. Commencing January 1, 1991, no person shall be appointed or reappointed as a municipal finance officer unless he holds a municipal finance officer certificate issued pursuant to the provisions of P.L. 1971, c. 413 (N.J.S.A. 40A:9-140.1 et seq.) or unless he has been granted tenure pursuant to the provisions of Section 2 of P.L. 1977, c. 39 (N.J.S.A. 40A:9-140.8) or pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40A:9-152; provided, however, that a municipal finance officer who has held office continuously for five consecutive years in the same municipality may continue to serve in his current position and shall not be removed from office or denied reappointment for failure to qualify as a certified municipal finance officer pursuant to the provisions of P.L. 1971, c. 413 (N.J.S.A. 40A:9-140.1 et seq.).
B. 
Vacancies. When a vacancy occurs in the position of Chief Financial Officer, the Board of Commissioners may appoint, for a period not to exceed one year and commencing on the date of the vacancy, a person who does not hold a municipal finance officer certificate to serve as a temporary Chief Financial Officer. Any person so appointed may be reappointed as Chief Financial Officer following the termination of the temporary appointment for one additional year; provided, however, that no person shall serve as temporary Chief Financial Officer for more than two years.
C. 
Compensation of the Chief Financial Officer shall be in accordance with the Salary Ordinance of the Village of Ridgefield Park.
[Added 12-18-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-08]
A. 
There is hereby created, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40A:11-9 et seq., and N.J.A.C. 5:34-5.1 et seq., the office of Purchasing Agent in the Village of Ridgefield Park, which is an appointive office.
B. 
The Purchasing Agent shall be appointed by, and may be removed by, the Board of Commissioners. The term of said office shall be for one year unless earlier removed by the Board of Commissioners.
C. 
The compensation to be paid to the Purchasing Agent shall be set forth in the annual Salary Ordinance.
D. 
The Purchasing Agent shall be required to possess and maintain a valid Qualified Purchasing Agent certificate, as issued by the New Jersey Division of Local Government Services, Department of Community Affairs, in accordance with the requirements of N.J.S.A. 40A:11-9 and all applicable law.
E. 
In the event of a vacancy in the position of Purchasing Agent, the Village may appoint a temporary Purchasing Agent in accordance with applicable law.
F. 
The Purchasing Agent shall have, on behalf of the Village of Ridgefield Park, the authority, responsibility and accountability for the purchasing activity pursuant to Local Public Contracts Law (N.J.S.A. 40A:11-1 et seq.); to prepare public advertising for and to receive bids and requests for proposals for the provision or performance of goods, services and construction contracts; to award contracts pursuant to New Jersey law in accordance with the regulations, forms and procedures promulgated by state regulatory agencies; and conduct any activities as may be necessary or appropriate to the purchasing function of the Village of Ridgefield Park.
G. 
The Purchasing Agent shall be authorized to award contracts up to the maximum bid threshold set forth in N.J.S.A. 40A:11-3(a); same may be adjusted by the Governor in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:11-3(c).