Assemblyman GORDON M. JOHNSON
District 37 (Bergen)
Increases number of constables that may be appointed by municipal governing body from 50 to 75.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
An Act increasing the number of constables that may be appointed in a municipality and amending N.J.S.40A:9-120.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. N.J.S.40A:9-120 is amended to read as follows:
40A:9-120. The governing body of any municipality, by resolution, may appoint not less than 2 nor more than  75 constables. To be eligible the persons to be appointed constables shall be residents and qualified voters of the municipality for at least 3 years prior to their appointment. Constables may exercise their functions and perform their duties anywhere in the county wherein the appointing municipality is located.
2. This act shall take effect immediately.
This bill would permit a municipal governing body to appoint not less than two or more than 75 constables. Current law permits a municipal governing body to appoint not less than two or more than 50 constables.
Constables in this State are authorized to serve process in criminal or civil cases in the county in which the municipality is located. According to the sponsor, due to a backlog in service of process, increasing the number of constables who may be appointed by a municipal government will expedite the resolution of stalled cases.