[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of North Haledon 5-15-1991 by Ord. No. 11-1991 (Ch. 2, Art. XII, of the 1990 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of the within chapter is to implement the Local Government Ethics Law (Chapter 29 of the Laws of 1991) and further to exercise the option contained in the said law permitting municipalities by ordinance to establish a Municipal Ethics Board.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 40A:9-22.1 et seq.
The North Haledon Municipal Ethics Board is hereby created to consist of six members who are residents of the municipality, at least two of whom shall be public members. They shall be appointed by the governing body. They shall be chosen by virtue of their known and consistent reputation for integrity and their knowledge of local government affairs. No more than three members of the Ethics Board shall be of the same political party.
The members of the Municipal Ethics Board shall annually elect a Chairperson from among the membership.
The members shall serve a term of five years, except that the members initially appointed shall be appointed in the manner provided in the statute.
Each member shall serve until a successor has been appointed and qualified, and any vacancy occurring in the membership of the Board shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment for the unexpired term.
Members of the Ethics Board shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed by the municipality for necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties, except that they shall not incur expenses in excess of the budgetary appropriation provided from time to time in the annual budget.
The Ethics Board shall conduct its business at the office of the Municipal Building, and its records shall be maintained in the office of the Borough Clerk.
Necessary expenses incurred by the Board and its members shall be paid upon certification of the Chairperson, by the Municipal Treasurer, but within the limits of funds appropriated by the municipal governing body. Such expenses shall be presented on voucher forms and signed by the Chairperson.
The Board may appoint employees and a clerical staff as necessary, but only in the event that funding has been appropriated by the municipal governing body for those purposes. The Board shall not, in the event that funds have been appropriated by the municipal governing body, incur any obligations which are in excess of the amount appropriated by the governing body.
The Board shall, within 90 days after the within chapter goes into effect, promulgate, by resolution, a municipal Code of Ethics. The municipal Code of Ethics to be promulgated by the Board shall be either identical to the provisions of the Local Government Ethics Law or more restrictive, but shall not be less restrictive. In adopting the Code of Ethics, the Board shall comply with the procedural requirements of the Local Government Ethics Law.