[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Northvale 4-11-2007 by Ord. No. 840-2007. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Officer and employees — See Ch. 37.
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 59:10-4, as same may be amended from time to time, the Borough of Northvale does hereby authorize indemnification of any person holding public office, position or employment, elective or appointive, full- or part-time, hereinafter referred to as the "employee."
The Borough of Northvale shall, upon application and request, provide for the defense of any action, suit or proceeding, commenced or threatened, whether civil, administrative or investigative, including a cross action counterclaim or cross complaint, against any employee on account of any act or omission within the scope of his or her employment and shall defray all costs of defending such action, including reasonable counsel fees and expenses, together with costs of appeal, if any, provided that the act or the failure to act does not arise out of actual fraud, willful misconduct or actual malice. At the Borough's option, the Borough may, in lieu of providing for the defense of an action, suit or proceeding, reimburse the employee for the employee's costs of defending an action, suit or proceeding.
The Borough shall indemnify and save harmless each employee from financial loss resulting from any action described in this chapter including claims, losses, expenses, judgments, fines, attorney fees, court costs and expert or technical witness fees and any amount paid in settlement thereof, and actually and reasonably incurred in connection therewith, to the extent permitted by law. Expenses thus incurred may be paid in advance of final disposition of the action. Nothing herein shall authorize the Borough to pay for punitive or exemplary damages or damages resulting from the commission of a crime.
The Borough may employ legal counsel and expert or technical personnel to provide a defense, pursuant to this chapter, and may purchase appropriate insurance as protection against any liability arising under this chapter.
An employee shall not be entitled to indemnification or the cost of defense under this chapter unless, within 10 days of the time such employee is served with any summons, order to show cause, complaint, process, notice, demand or pleading, he or she delivers the same or a copy thereof to the Borough Clerk, whereupon it shall be the duty of the Borough Clerk to forthwith notify the Mayor and Borough Attorney thereof, provided that such time period may be extended for cause by the affirmative vote of a majority of the full membership of the governing body.
An employee requesting defense of any action or claiming indemnification under this chapter shall cooperate fully and in good faith with the Borough and with any attorneys, adjusters, investigators or expert or technical personnel engaged for this purpose in the preparation and presentation of a defense to such action or the settlement or other disposition thereof. If such employee shall neglect, fail or refuse to cooperate as aforesaid, the Borough Council, after hearing on 10 days' written notice to the employee and for cause, may declare all rights created under this chapter for the benefit of such employee to be forfeited and terminated by the affirmative vote of a majority of the full membership of the governing body.