[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Barnegat Light 7-11-1977 by Ord. No. 77-8 (Sec. 2-10 of the Revised General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is created a Local Assistance Board for the borough.
The Board shall consist of three persons, and at least one of them shall be a woman, and they shall be appointed by the Mayor, by and with the advice and consent of the Council. The members shall be residents of the borough and shall serve without compensation but shall be allowed their necessary and actual expenses.
The term of one member of the Board shall be for one year, and such member only may be appointed from among the membership of the Borough Council of the borough, and the terms of the other Board members shall be for two years each, expiring in alternate years. All terms shall run from January 1 of the year in which the appointment is made, and each member shall continue in office until his successor shall be appointed and shall qualify. Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired terms only.
The Board shall organize at the first meeting in January of each year and select a Chairman and Secretary and shall appoint a Director of Welfare, who shall be the first executive and administrative officer of the Board.
The Director of Welfare 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 the approval of the Mayor and 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.
The duties of the Director of Welfare shall be as follows. 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 the 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 so to do.
Keep full and complete records of such investigation, supervision, assistance and rehabilitation and of all certifications of persons for employment or benefits and cancellations thereof, in such manner and form as required by the Commissioner of Institutions and Agencies.
Bring about appropriate action for commitment to any state or county institution when the best interests of the needy persons would be so served.
In addition, the Director of Welfare shall perform such other duties and responsibilities as required by N.J.S.A. 44:8-107 et seq. and as required by any other laws of the state or ordinances of the borough.
Other employees, including assistants, clerks, investigators, nurses and an attorney, in such number as may be necessary to properly administer public assistance by the Board, shall be appointed by the Mayor, by and with the advice and consent of the Council. All of them shall hold their positions during the pleasure of the Council. Unless sooner removed, however, they shall hold office for one year and until their successors shall have qualified.