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City of Englewood, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Englewood as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 5-21-2019 by Ord. No. 19-02]
Except as otherwise provided by law, all candidates appointed to positions of employment by the City Police and Fire Departments subsequent to the date of this article shall be classified according to residency. Bona fide residents of the City of Englewood shall receive preference in hiring over all other residency classes, provided they successfully complete the established testing and/or protocol in place for such a position.
A bona fide resident for the purpose of this article is defined as a person having permanent domicile within the City or residency class for a period of 12 months prior to application for employment, and one which has not been adopted with the intention of taking up or claiming a previous residence required outside of the boundaries of the City.
A. 
Where residence requirements have been established, residence means a single legal residence. The following standards shall be used in determining legal residence:
(1) 
Whether the locations in question are owned or rented;
(2) 
Whether time actually spent in the claimed residence exceeds that of other locations;
(3) 
Whether the relationship among those persons living in the claimed residence is closer than those with whom the individual lives elsewhere. If an individual claims a parent's residence because of separation from his or her spouse, a court order or other evidence of separation may be requested;
(4) 
Whether, if the residence requirement of the anticipated or actual appointment was eliminated, the individual would be likely to remain in the claimed residence;
(5) 
Whether the residence recorded on a driver's license, motor vehicle registration, or voter registration card and other documents is the same as the claimed legal residence. Post office box numbers shall not be acceptable; and
(6) 
Whether the school district attended by child(ren) living with the individual is the same as the claimed residence.
B. 
Unless otherwise specified, residency must be met prior to the application for date for the examination in order for a candidate to be given preference based on residency.
A. 
Whenever the City Manager shall determine there is not a sufficient number of qualified Englewood residents for available specific positions or employments, the City Manager shall, through the Director of Personnel, classify all qualified applicants preferentially according to bona fide residency in the following order:
Class 1
Residents of the City of Englewood
Class 2
Other residents of Bergen County
Class 3
Other residents of the state of New Jersey
Class 4
All other applicants
B. 
All appointments and hiring shall be made in the order listed above. The City Manager shall first appoint all those in Class 1, and then those in each succeeding class in the order listed above, and shall appoint a person in any such class only to a position or employment remaining after all qualified applicants in the preceding class or classes have been appointed or have declined an offer of employment. The preference established by this section shall not diminish, reduce or affect the preferences granted pursuant to any other provision of law, including but not limited to veteran preference requirements.
In the event the City Manager advises the governing body that particular positions or employments require special talents with skills such as specialized knowledge, abilities, licenses, or unique training, which are necessary for the operations of the City, then the City Manager may fill the same without preference to residents of the City of Englewood.