[HISTORY: Adopted by the Bloomfield Council as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 12-20-1976; amended in its entirety 7-11-1994 (Ch. 55, Art. I, of the 1987 Code)]
All applicants for appointment to or for promotion within the Police and Fire Departments shall be qualified for appointment or promotion as required by law, ordinance and civil service rules and regulations. All applicants for appointment shall be residents of the Township of Bloomfield and must maintain continuous residency within the Township of Bloomfield from the announced closing date of the Department of Personnel examination up to and including the date of appointment.
[Adopted 12-7-1981 (Ch. 55, Art. II, of the 1987 Code)]
Unless otherwise provided by law, all officers and employees in classified positions in civil service employed by the Township of Bloomfield after the effective date of this article shall be bona fide residents of the Township. A "bona fide resident," for the purpose of this article, is a person having a permanent domicile within the local unit and one which has not been adopted with the intention of again taking up or claiming a previous residence acquired outside of the local unit's boundaries.
Unless otherwise provided by law, all applicants for classified positions in civil service shall be bona fide residents of the Township of Bloomfield after the effective date of this article.
When the appointing authority of the Township of Bloomfield has determined that there cannot be recruited a sufficient number of qualified residents for available specific positions or employments, the appointing authority shall advertise for other qualified applicants.
Classification of qualified applicants in such instances shall be determined in the following manner:
All appointments shall be made in the order of preference established hereinabove.
Unless otherwise provided by law, all officers and employees employed in classified positions in civil service and not residents at the time of their permanent appointment shall establish residency in the Township of Bloomfield within one year of their permanent appointment.
It shall be the duty of the appointing authority of the Township of Bloomfield to ensure that all employees hired after the effective date of this article remain bona fide residents of the Township. Failure of any such employee to maintain residency in the Township of Bloomfield shall be cause for removal or discharge from service.
Whenever the appointing authority shall determine that there are certain specific positions and employments requiring special talents or skills necessary for the operations of the Township and which are not likely to be found among the residents of the Township of Bloomfield, such positions or employments so determined shall be filled without reference to residency. Such provisions shall set forth appropriate documentation as to the nature of the special talent or expertise required and of the efforts made to recruit persons of such special talent or expertise from within the Township.
Promotion preference shall be given to bona fide residents of the Township of Bloomfield. When promotions are based upon merit, as properly determined, a bona fide resident shall be given preference over a nonresident in any instance when all other measurable criteria are equal. Such preference under this section shall in no way diminish, reduce or affect the preference granted pursuant to other law.
Nothing contained in this article shall require residency in the Township where a state statute would allow otherwise.