There shall be a Department of Health under the direction and control of a licensed health officer, who shall also be known as the "Director of the Department of Health." He shall be appointed by the Township Manager in consultation with the Township Advisory Health Council, hereinafter referred to in this article as the "Advisory Health Council." All employees, including the Plumbing Inspector and Registrar of Vital Statistics, shall be appointed by the Township Manager in consultation with the Health Officer and the Advisory Health Council.
The Township Health Officer shall have and perform all the powers and duties prescribed by applicable general law and ordinances of the Township. He shall be responsible for the enforcement of all state health statutes, regulations of the State Sanitary Code and health ordinances of the Township.
In addition to his other duties and powers, the Township Health Officer shall have the following duties and powers:
He shall be in charge of all health programs and activities of the Township. He shall be responsible for the efficient upkeep and maintenance of all Health Department equipment and facilities.
He may assign employees of the Department of Health to any work or position therein, consistent with such employees' qualifications and licenses, as provided by law. He shall report to the Township Manager, at such times as he may require, any information concerning the Department and its work as the Township Manager deems pertinent. He shall, annually, on a date fixed by the Township Manager, render him a full report of the activities and operations of the Department for the preceding year. Subject to the authority of the Township Manager, the Township Health Officer may prescribe such rules and regulations as be deems necessary or expedient for the proper conduct of the Health Department and for the operation and use of said Department's equipment and facilities. When health emergencies develop, he shall take such emergency steps as circumstances may warrant, consistent with law, ordinances and administrative regulations.
He shall be responsible to the Township Manager for the proper custody and preservation of books, papers, records and property under his control. He shall be answerable to the Township Manager for the faithful performance of his duties.
He shall administer the work of the Department of Health in accordance with the policies established or approved by the Township Council following recommendation of the Advisory Health Council and shall create and supervise an efficient administrative organization for the Department.
He may conduct studies of local conditions and needs affecting health for the purpose of developing immediate and long range plans to meet these needs and prepare potential programs for the consideration of the Advisory Health Council and the Township Council. He shall also keep informed of the recent developments in the health field through reading public health journals and other publications and through attendance at appropriate meetings, conferences and educational sessions.
He may promote the health program through the use of volunteers and staff workers and may establish and promote cooperative planning and working relationships with other community and local agencies.
He may expend departmental funds in accordance with budget appropriations and ordinances and Township accounting procedures.
He shall prepare budget estimates in conjunction with the Advisory Health Council.
He shall attend all regular meetings of the Advisory Health Council. He shall submit a monthly report to the Advisory Health Council advising it as to the conduct and progress of Health Department activities and facilities in the Township.