[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Palisades Park 1-15-1991 by Ord. No. 1121. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established a Local Assistance Board in and for the Borough of Palisades Park pursuant to and in conformity with N.J.S.A. 44:8-114 et seq.
The Local Assistance Board shall be composed of five members, all of whom shall be appointed by the Mayor upon the approval of the governing body.
The term of one member shall be for one year, and such member may only be appointed from among the membership of the governing body.
The remaining four members shall be appointed to four-year terms, with one term expiring in each year. The initial appointees to the Board shall be designated as Members 1, 2, 3 and 4 and shall serve for the same number of years as shall correspond to their member number designation.
At least one member of the Board shall be a woman.
The term of each member shall begin on the first day of January of the year in which said appointment was made, and each member shall continue in office until a successor shall have been appointed and qualified.
Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired terms only.
The members of the Board shall serve without compensation but shall be allowed their necessary and actual expenses upon presentation of itemized vouchers.
The Local Assistance Board shall organize at its first meeting in January of each year and shall, from among its members, select a Chairman and a Secretary and shall appoint a Director of Welfare, who shall be the first executive and administrative officer of the Board. He shall hold office for a term of five years from the date of his appointment and shall be paid such salary as may be fixed by such Board subject to approval by the governing body.
In case of vacancy in the office of Director of Welfare, one temporary or acting Director may be appointed to serve for not more than 90 days.
Other employees, including assistants, clerks, investigators and nurses, in such number as the Board shall deem necessary to properly administer public assistance, shall be appointed in the same manner as other employees of the municipality.
No employee of the Board shall hold any office in any political party.
The Director of Welfare shall:
Supervise by periodic investigation every person receiving public assistance, such investigation to be made by visitation at least once a month.
Reconsider from month to month the amount and nature of public assistance given and alter, amend or suspend the same when the circumstances so require.
Devise ways and means for bringing persons unable to maintain themselves to self-support or to the support of any other person or agency able and willing so to do.
Keep full and complete records of such investigation, supervision, assistance and rehabilitation and of all certifications of persons for employment or benefits and cancellations thereof, in such manner and form as required by the commissioner.
Bring about appropriate action for commitment to any state or county institution when the best interests of the needy persons would be so served.