[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Little Egg Harbor; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Township Committee of the Township of Little Egg Harbor has adopted and enacted a Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual and an Employee Handbook. The Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual applies to all officials, appointees, employees, volunteers and independent contractors. The Policies and Procedures Manual is not a contract and is intended to provide guidelines covering public service by Township employees. The manual shall be kept on file in the Township Clerk's office for inspection and review by all employees of the Township, as well as the general public, during normal business hours.
The Township Committee of the Township of Little Egg Harbor reserves the right to rescind or revise, without notice, and at the sole discretion of the governing body, any policies and provisions of the manual. In the event there is a conflict between the manual and any collective bargaining agreement, personnel services contract, federal law or state law, the terms and conditions of that contract or law shall prevail.
Appointment. All officers and employees appointed to positions of classified service under Title 11 of the New Jersey Statutes for the Township shall be bona fide residents of the Township of Little Egg Harbor. A "bona fide resident," for the purposes of this section, is a person having a permanent domicile within the Township, and one which has not been adopted with the intention of again taking up or claiming a previous residence acquired outside of the Township.
Eligibility of applicants for positions and employments in the classified service of the Township. The Township Committee hereby limits the eligibility of applicants for positions and employments in the classified service of the Township to bona fide residents, except as otherwise provided herein or by law.
Unavailability of qualified residents for available specific positions or employments.
Whenever the Township Committee shall, by resolution, determine that there cannot be recruited a sufficient number of qualified residents for available specific positions or employments, the Township shall advertise for other qualified applicants, who shall be classified as follows:
The Township shall first appoint all those in Class 1 and then those in each succeeding class in the order above listed after all qualified applicants in the preceding class, or classes, have been appointed or have declined an offer of appointment.
Specific positions and employments requiring special talents or skills; filling without reference to residency. Whenever the Township Committee shall determine, by resolution, that there are certain specific positions or employments requiring special talents or skills which are necessary for the operations of the Township and which are not likely to be found among the residents of the Township, such positions or employments so determined shall be filled without reference to residency. Any such resolution shall set forth in detail the reasons upon which such a determination is made.
Preference in promotion to bona fide residents. When promotions are based on merit, as determined by suitable promotion tests or other objective criteria, officers and employees who are bona fide residents shall be given preference over a nonresident in any instance when all measurable criteria are equal. The preference granted by this section shall in no way diminish, reduce or affect the preference granted pursuant to any other provision of law.
Preemption by order of court or of state or federal agency to eliminate discrimination. Any requirements concerning eligibility, appointment or promotion contained in this section shall be subject to any order issued by any court or by any state or federal agency pursuant to law with respect to a requirement of action to eliminate discrimination in employment based upon race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status or sex.