[Adopted 12-17-1990 as Sec. 2-1 of the 1990 Code]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The person duly appointed by the governing body pursuant to the terms and conditions of this article.
- GOVERNING BODY
- The duly constituted Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the municipality.
- The Town of Boonton in the County of Morris and State of New Jersey.
The position of Administrator of the Town of Boonton is hereby created in and for the town.
The Administrator shall be appointed by the governing body on the basis of his executive and administrative qualifications and training in governmental affairs and/or actual experience therein. Nothing herein shall prevent him from also holding any other elective or appointive municipal office of the town and fulfilling the duties of Administrator.
The compensation of the Administrator shall be as fixed in the Salary Ordinance of the municipality.
Editor's Note: A copy of the Salary Ordinance, and any amendments thereto, is on file in the office of the Town Clerk.
[Amended by Ord. No. 14-94]
The Administrator shall be the administrative officer of the town. He shall see that all ordinances, resolutions and policies of the governing body and all state laws requiring municipal action, are faithfully carried out by those persons responsible for doing so.
For the purpose of carrying out the assigned responsibilities of his office, the Administrator shall develop and promulgate for adoption by the governing body, sound administrative, personnel and purchasing practices and procedures for all departments, offices and agencies of the municipality. He shall be responsible to the governing body for the following:
Daily operation. Implement its policies as they are manifested in the daily operations and activities of the municipality by correspondence, review of minutes and personal contact.
Information and complaints. Inform the governing body and the residents of the municipality on all matters relating to the activities and operations of the municipal government. Receive and follow-up complaints on all matters and apprise the governing body thereof.
Public information. Edit and compile public information for distribution by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.
Recommendations. Study continuously all activities and operations of the municipal government and recommend changes for the purpose of increasing efficiency, economy and effectiveness. Recommend such rules and regulations as shall be deemed necessary, with the approval of and adoption by the governing body, for the conduct of administrative procedures.
Advice. Advise the governing body on all background matters to assist it with the establishment of policy.
Reports. Prepare and present to the governing body reports that may be required from time to time on municipal affairs and prepare an annual report of his work for the benefit of the governing body and the public.
Attendance. Attend all public meetings of the governing body and other meetings when so requested.
Coordination and liaison. Coordinate the operations, activities and administration of the departments, divisions, offices, boards and agencies of the municipality.
Town Attorney and Town Engineer. Act as liaison between the governing body, the Town Attorney and the Town Engineer in their respective operating and policy contracts.
Budget execution. Prepare and submit the proposed town operating budget annually by requiring and receiving appropriation requests from heads of departments by November 15 and reviewing such requests with the Mayor and Board of Aldermen concerned; transmitting a tentative budget by December 15 and consulting with the Mayor and Board of Aldermen with respect thereto, and submitting by January 15 final recommendations in the form required by law for municipal budgets and appending thereto a detailed analysis of the various items of expenditure and revenue and such explanatory comment or statement as he may deem desirable. He shall also prepare and submit the annual capital budget to be considered and adopted by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.
Budget review. To maintain in liaison with the Town Treasurer a continuous review of the annual operating and capital budgets after adoption and to report at least quarterly during the year to the governing body on the status of all accounts.
Examine and inquire. Have the power to investigate examine or inquire into the affairs or operation of any department, division, bureau, office, board or agency of the municipal government unless prohibited by law.
Personnel. Serve as the personnel officer of the town and as such hire entry level employees after a position has been created and a salary range established by previous action of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen. The Administrator shall report at the next regular meeting of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen any action taken by authority of this subsection.
Violations. Determine that all terms and conditions imposed in favor of the municipality or its inhabitants in any statute, public utility franchise, or other contract, regulation or ordinance are faithfully kept and performed, and upon knowledge of any violation thereof to apprise the governing body.
Recommend concerning the nature and location of public improvements and coordinate and expedite the execution of public improvements authorized by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen. Recommend, implement and enforce the procedures and policies of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen and its departments for the coordination, compiling and editing and prompt dissemination and release of public information.
Nothing herein shall derogate from the powers and duties of the elective officials of the towns or authorize the Administrator to exercise the powers and duties thereof.
Other duties. Perform such additional administrative and ministerial duties and functions as may be assigned by the governing body.
Where the Town has entered into a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) program pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:20-1 et seq., the Administrator shall serve as the PILOT Officer in charge of administering and enforcing compliance with the PILOT program.
[Added 5-21-2018 by Ord. No. 7-2018]
The Administrator shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the governing body. The term of office shall be at the pleasure of the governing body as set forth in an agreement between the governing body and the Administrator. The first six months of any appointment to the position of Administrator shall be considered as a probationary period. Prior to completion of the said six-month period, any appointee may be removed from his office by a vote of a majority of the full membership of the governing body.
After the completion of six months in office, the Administrator may be removed from his position for cause only by a 2/3 vote of the full membership of the governing body. At least 30 days before such removal shall become effective, the governing body shall by a 2/3 vote of the full membership, adopt a preliminary resolution stating the reasons for removal. The Administrator may reply in writing and may request a public hearing. Such reply and/or request for public hearing shall be made within 30 days of the date of adoption of the preliminary resolution. The public hearing, if requested, shall be held not earlier than 20 days nor later than 30 days after the filing of such request. At such hearing, the Administrator shall be entitled to be represented by counsel to hear and cross-examine all adverse witnesses, and to present evidence in his behalf. After such public hearing, if one is requested, and after full consideration of all facts presented at the hearing, the governing body by a 2/3 vote of the full membership, may adopt a final resolution of removal or may reinstate the Administrator.
A resolution of removal shall become effective three months after its adoption by the governing body. The governing body may provide that the resolution shall have immediate effect; provided, however, that the governing body shall cause to be paid to the Administrator forthwith any unpaid balance of his salary and his salary for the next three calendar months following adoption of the resolution.
During the absence or disability of the Administrator, the governing body may, by resolution, appoint an elected, appointed official or employee of the municipality or any other person to perform the duties of the Administrator during such absence or disability. The Acting Administrator may be paid such compensation as may be determined by the resolution appointing the Acting Administrator.