ASSEMBLY, No. 3738






Sponsored by:

Assemblyman† JAY WEBBER

District 26 (Morris and Passaic)






†††† Allows Governor to remove an executive county superintendent of schools at will.



†††† As introduced.


An Act concerning the removal of executive county superintendents and amending N.J.S.18A:7-1.


†††† Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:


†††† 1. N.J.S.18A:7-1 is amended to read as follows:

†††† 18A:7-1. a. The Governor, upon the recommendation of the commissioner and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint for each county, a suitable person, who holds an appropriate certificate issued pursuant to this title and who has been a resident of the State for at least three years immediately preceding the appointment, to be the executive county superintendent of schools, who shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor[, unless sooner removed pursuant to law,] for a term of three years.† The superintendent may be re-appointed by the Governor on the basis of a satisfactory performance assessment required pursuant to subsection b. of this section.† A person who is serving as a county superintendent of schools on the effective date of section 42 to 58 of P.L.2007, c.63 (C.18A:7-11 et al.), shall be eligible for appointment as the executive county superintendent of schools.† The executive county superintendent of schools shall report to the Commissioner of Education or to a person designated by the commissioner.

(cf: P.L.2007, c.63, s.42)


†††† 2. This act shall take effect immediately.




†††† This bill clarifies the position of executive county superintendent of schools by stating that the position is an at will appointment and consequently can be terminated without cause by the Governor at any time before the expiration of the superintendentís three year term.† In the event that the Governor exercises this authority, the position is to be filled in the same manner as any other vacancy of the position as described in N.J.S.18A:7-2 and N.J.S.18A:7-13.