Township of Old Bridge, NJ
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Old Bridge 10-20-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-18.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Administration of government — See Ch. 5.
Ethics — See Ch. 145.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance was originally adopted as Chapter 1, Article II, Section 3 of the Township Code but was renumbered for organizational purposes.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CONTRACT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY
Personal involvement in or direct supervisory responsibility for the formulation or execution of a contract with the Township in any capacity, including without limitation the preparation of specifications, evaluation of bids or proposals, negotiation of contract terms, or supervision of performance.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCY
Any agency, board, governing body including the chief executive officer, bureau, division, office, commission or other instrumentality within the municipality and any independent local authority, including any entity created by more than one municipality, which performs functions other than a purely advisory nature, but shall not include a school board.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE
A local government officer or a local government employee.
RELATIVE OF AN INDIVIDUAL
The individual's spouse, domestic partner as defined in Section 3 of P.L. 2003, c.46 (N.J.S.A. 26:8A-3), or partner in a civil union couple as defined in Section 2 of P.L. 2006, c.103 (N.J.S.A. 37:1-29), or the individual's or spouse's or partner's parent, child, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, grandparent, grandchild, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, first cousin, stepparent, stepchild, stepbrother, stepsister, half-brother or half-sister, whether the relative is related to the individual or the individual's spouse or partner by blood, marriage or adoption.
A. 
The following are prohibited:
(1) 
Having a relative employed or sponsoring the employment of a relative in the governmental agency in which the officer or employee serves;
(2) 
Having employed or sponsoring the employment of anyone other than a relative in exchange for:
(a) 
The employment or sponsorship for employment in a public position of a relative by another public officer or employee; or
(b) 
The provision of assistance to a relative in obtaining employment or contracts with a person performing a public contract;
(3) 
Exercising contract management authority over any public contract with a person who is, or employs or has a contract with, a relative of the officer or employee; or
(4) 
Using or permitting the use of the officer or employee's exercise of contract management authority over a public contract, when not barred outright under Subsection A(2) to;
(a) 
Assist a relative in obtaining employment or contracts with a person performing that public contract; or
(b) 
Assist anyone other than a relative in obtaining employment or contracts with a person performing the public contract in exchange for:
[1] 
The employment or sponsorship for employment of a relative by another such public officer or employee; or
[2] 
The provision of assistance by another such public officer or employee in obtaining employment or contracts with any public contractor.
(5) 
Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law to the contrary, there shall not be employed, or nominated, proposed or recommended for employment, in any Township agency in which a member of the Council, Township officer or employee, or special Township officer or employee serves or over which the member, officer or employee exercises authority, supervision, or control:
(a) 
Any relative of the member, officer or employee; or
(b) 
Any person other than a relative of the member, officer or employee if the employment, or the nomination, proposal or recommendation for employment, of that person is in exchange for or in consideration of:
[1] 
The employment, or the nomination, proposal or recommendation for employment, in the same or any other Old Bridge Township agency, of any relative of the member, officer or employee by any other such member, officer or employee, by a local government officer or employee; or
[2] 
The provision of assistance to a relative of the member, officer or employee in securing employment or contracts with a person engaged in the performance of a contract for the provision of goods or services to the same or any other Old Bridge Township agency, or to an Old Bridge Township government authority or to any Old Bridge Township Commission.
B. 
Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law to the contrary:
(1) 
If a person engaged in the performance of a public contract for the provision of goods or services to any Township agency, authority or commission is, or employs or has a contract with, a relative of a member of the Council, Township officer or employee, or special Township officer or employee, the member, officer or employee shall not exercise contract management authority over that public contract.
(2) 
If a member of the Council, Township officer or employee, or special Township officer or employee exercises contract management authority over a public contract for the provision of goods or services to a Township agency, authority, commission, the member, officer or employee shall not use or permit the use of that authority to:
(a) 
Assist a relative of the member, officer or employee in securing employment or contracts with a person engaged in the performance of that contract.
C. 
The employment of or contracting with a relative of a council member, township officer or employee, or special officer or employee of the Township of Old Bridge, by such a person within six months prior to the commencement of, during the term of, or within six months after the completion or termination of, a public contract that the person is to perform, is performing, or shall have performed shall be evidence that any contract management authority exercised by the member, officer, or employee was exercised in violation of Subsection B of this section or that the relative's employment or contract with the person was obtained in violation of Subsection B(2) or B(2)(a) of this section, as appropriate.
The prohibited employment or professional or business service practices set forth in § 42-2 herein shall not apply in the following circumstances:
A. 
Nothing contained herein shall restrict or prohibit the continued employment of individuals to a position or positions within the Township where a relative of an employee is elected to the governing body after the date of the employee's start of employment with the Township of Old Bridge.
B. 
Nothing contained herein shall affect the employment of any present Township employees and/or any existing contractual obligations with employees by the Township.
C. 
Nothing contained herein shall restrict or prohibit the hiring of a seasonal part-time employee who is a relative of a department head, elected officials or other employee of the Township.
D. 
This section shall not apply to the relative of any member of any local government agency, board, commission and committee where that member is employed as a volunteer.