[Adopted 10-17-2016 by Ord. No. 1536-16]
There is hereby established a Division of Code Enforcement within the Police Department. The division's primary function shall be enforcement of the ordinances of the Township of Middle, including but not limited to animal control, property maintenance and zoning and planning. In executing that function the Division of Code Enforcement may call upon the sworn Police Department or other law enforcement officers for such assistance as is necessary.
All civilian code enforcement officers shall be appointed by the Chief of Police, with the advice and consent of the Township Committee. The Division of Code Enforcement shall be staffed with such further civilian code enforcement officers and civilian clerical staff as, from time to time, are appointed by the Chief of Police with the advice and consent of the Township Committee. Each code enforcement officer appointed hereunder shall be considered a "code enforcement officer" as that term is used in Rule 7:2-2(a)(3) of the New Jersey Court Rules.
All code enforcement officers and clerical staff of the Division of Code Enforcement shall report to the Chief of Police. The Chief shall develop a standard operating procedure outlining the respective duties and responsibilities of the code enforcement officers and setting operational priorities.
Except as otherwise specifically may be set forth in the ordinances of the Township of Middle, or by the laws of the State of New Jersey, all ordinances governing the Middle Township Police Department also shall govern the Division of Code Enforcement. The Chief of Police, in his sole and absolute discretion, may exempt the Division of Code Enforcement from coverage of any or all portions of the Middle Township Police Department rules and regulations (also known as the "Police Manual"). The Code Enforcement Official and the subordinate code enforcement officers and clerical staff of the Division of Code Enforcement shall not be deemed to be sworn members of the Police Department within the meaning of any provision of Title 40A, Chapter 14, of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey.