[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee (now Township Council) of the Township of Hillside 12-21-1971 as Ch. II, Sec. 2-21, of the 1971 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 2-17-1976 by Ord. No. G-89-76; 12-3-2002]
There shall be a Local Assistance Board of the Township composed of five members appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Township Council at its annual organization meeting for a term expiring on December 31 of that year. The other six members shall be residents appointed by the Township Committee at the annual organization meeting. The term of these members shall be two years, expiring on December 31 of the year following their appointments. Terms shall be arranged so that the terms of three members expire annually. Appointments to fill vacancies shall be for the unexpired term only.
The Local Assistance Board shall organize and select a Chairman and a Secretary and shall appoint a Director of Welfare who shall be the first executive and administrative officer of the Board. He shall hold office for a term of five years from the date of his appointment and shall be paid such salary as may be fixed by the Board, subject to approval of the Township Council. In case of vacancy in the office of Director of Welfare, one Temporary or Acting Director may be appointed to serve for not more than 90 days.
Other employees, including assistants, clerks, investigators, case workers and nurses, in such number as may be necessary to properly administer public assistance, shall be appointed in the same manner as other employees of the township. No employee of the Local Assistance Board whose compensation is paid from funds received or appropriated for public assistance or the administration thereof in any manner shall hold office in any political party.
The Director of Welfare shall:
Supervise by periodic investigation every person receiving public assistance, such investigation to be made by visitation at least once a month.
Reconsider from month to month the amount and nature of public assistance given and alter, amend or suspend the same when circumstances so require.
Devise ways and means for bringing persons unable to maintain themselves to self-support or to the support of any other person or agency able and willing to do so.
Keep full and complete records of such investigations, supervision, assistance and rehabilitation and of all certifications of persons for employment or benefits and cancellations thereof.
Institute appropriate action for commitment to any state or county institution when the best interest of the needy person would be so served.