[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights 1-25-1988 by Ord. No. 1448. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established the position of a Borough Administrator of the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights.
Said Borough Administrator shall be appointed by the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the Council, for a term of one year beginning on the first day of each year and ending on the last day of that year.
It shall be the duty of the Borough Administrator to act as chief administrative officer of the Borough and as liaison between the governing body and the various officials, departments, bodies and agencies of the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights at the direction of the Mayor and Council and to fulfill such other duties as may be specifically assigned by the Mayor and Council from time to time.
[Added 2-22-1994 by Ord. No. 1666; amended 6-24-1997 by Ord. No. 1797]
It shall be the further responsibility of the Administrator to supervise and assure the performance of the duties in accordance with law, ordinance, contract or the direction of the governing body of all Borough personnel except:
The Police Chief and the officers and other personnel of the Police Department to the extent that they are under the jurisdiction of the Police Committee, in accordance with Chapter 55 of this Code and with N.J.S.A. 40A:14-118.
Any other personnel the direction of whom is assigned to another under law, ordinance or contract to the extent that such law, ordinance or contract expressly provides.
In the event that the Administrator determines that any personnel under his or her supervision as aforesaid fails to perform his or her duties as required after the Administrator has given notice of such failure to that personnel, then the Administrator shall report that determination to the governing body as soon as reasonably possible, but no later than at its next regularly scheduled meeting. Except for any specific directions of the governing body duly voted upon and delivered to the personnel to whom it is directed, this section establishes, in accordance with and to the fullest extent provided under N.J.S.A. 40A:60-7a, the sole and exclusive authority to direct Borough personnel, and no elected or appointed officer or official of the Borough shall undertake any direction of such personnel, except through the Administrator, in accordance herewith unless and only to the extent that such authority to do so by another is expressly provided for by law, ordinance, contract or direction of the governing body.
The Administrator, in performing his or her duties hereunder, shall determine, with the advice of the Chief Financial Officer, whether any expenditure that may be incurred as a result of any directive has been duly authorized and the funds to abide the same are available. The Administrator may, if he or she deems necessary, seek the advice of the Borough Attorney to determine whether and/or the extent to which the jurisdiction to supervise and direct is preempted by law, ordinance or contract.
[Added 6-24-1997 by Ord. No. 1797; amended 7-22-1997 by Ord. No. 1802]
Nothing contained herein shall be construed to limit the duty or authority of the Mayor or individual Councilperson to observe any Borough personnel in the performance of their duties or to report observations and/or suggestions to the Administrator and/or the governing body. Nothing contained herein shall be interpreted to diminish the authority of the governing body acting as a whole to direct personnel to the extent otherwise permitted by law nor to limit its otherwise lawful authority to ultimately direct the Administrator. Except as expressly provided in § 4-3.1 hereof, nothing herein shall be construed to diminish any of the respective powers of the Mayor or the Council as set forth in N.J.S.A. 40A:60-5 and 40A:60-6 or as set forth in general law.
[Added 6-24-1997 by Ord. No. 1797]
It shall be the further responsibility of the Administrator to establish and, from time to time as he or she deems necessary, modify a system of communications among department heads and between them and the governing body to assure, first, that each department is promptly informed of the need of the services of another department when such need arises, and, second, that the members of the governing body are promptly and fully apprised of any unanticipated material change or emergent circumstance bearing upon the administration of the Borough.