[Adopted by Ord. No. 1656 (§ 2-41 of the 1987 Code)]
The governing body of the Borough of Highland Park declares that an anti-nepotism policy should be enacted.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- FAMILY MEMBER OR RELATIVE
- Spouse, child, parent, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepsibling, half-brother, half-sister, nephew, niece, first cousins, aunt, uncle, foster children, domestic partner or cohabitants.
No person who is a relative or family member of any elected official of the Borough of Highland Park shall be considered for employment as an employee of the Borough. This applies to full-time, part-time and seasonal employment. This shall not restrict nor prohibit the continued employment of individuals to a position or positions with the Borough where a relative of a permanent employee is elected before the date of the permanent employee's start date of employment with the Borough.
No elected official can serve as Council liaison to any department that employs any member of that elected official's family.
No employee of the Borough of Highland Park shall be in a position that provides supervision over a member of his or her family. This precludes the acceptance of applications for full-time, part-time or seasonal employment from relatives for positions in the same department where supervision conflicts exist or through promotion, potential conflict could exist. This policy does not apply to present employees of the Borough of Highland Park.
These policies are not for the purpose of depriving any citizen of an equal chance for a government job, but solely to eliminate the potential for preferential treatment of the relatives of government personnel or elected officials. These policies will not deprive any permanent employee as of the date of these policies of any promotional right in the normal career development nor have the existing status of any permanent employee. None of these policies apply to any volunteer positions in the Highland Park Volunteer Fire Department.
No elected official of the Borough of Highland Park or supervisor may participate in the promotion process, or any other personnel matter, of any existing Borough employees who is a relative or family member of such elected official or supervisor.
No relative or family member of an elected official of the Borough of Highland Park shall be appointed to the position of any Borough professional who receives compensation, or any Borough Board or Commission which has more than an advisory role and/or one in which the members receive compensation.