[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Paramus 8-8-2018 by Ord. No. 18-23. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby created the office of Municipal Humane Law Enforcement Officer for the Borough of Paramus.
The Mayor, upon recommendation of the Chief of Police, shall appoint, with the advice and consent of the Council, a Municipal Humane Law Enforcement Officer for a term of one year commencing January 1 and terminating December 31 in each year or the unexpired portion thereof.
The Municipal Humane Law Enforcement Officer shall exercise the following powers and duties, including, but not limited to:
Enforcement of all animal welfare or animal cruelty laws of the state and ordinances of the municipality;
Investigate and sign complaints concerning any violation of an animal welfare or animal cruelty law of the state or ordinance of the municipality;
Act as an officer for the detection, apprehension and arrest of offenders against the animal welfare and animal cruelty laws of the state and ordinances of the municipality;
Comply with the provisions of Chapter 22 of Title 4 of the New Jersey Revised Statutes; and
Such other powers and duties required under ordinance or at law.
The Municipal Humane Law Enforcement Officer shall be authorized to possess, carry and use a firearm while enforcing the laws and ordinances enacted for the protection of animals, provided that such officer qualifies and maintains all certification and training requirements pursuant to law.
The Municipal Humane Law Enforcement Officer shall receive such compensation as may be fixed and determined by the governing body either in the Annual Salary Ordinance and implementing resolutions or by contract, as the case may be.