ASSEMBLY, No. 2098
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
INTRODUCED JUNE 3, 1996
By Assemblyman JONES
An Act concerning the appointment of aides for local elected officials and supplementing chapter 9 of Title 40A of the New Jersey Statutes.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. (New section) Each elected municipal official in a municipality that is not subject to the provisions of section 1 of P.L.1973, c.89 (C.40:69A-60.5) may appoint a confidential aide, who shall serve, and be removable, at the pleasure of the elected official, and who shall serve in the unclassified service of the civil service in municipalities that have adopted Title 11A, Civil Service, of the New Jersey Statutes. A confidential aide appointed pursuant to this section shall receive such salary as shall be fixed by ordinance. Persons appointed pursuant to this section may have their salaries increased on a periodic basis in accordance with the recommendation in an annual merit evaluation for each aide, to be filed with the municipal clerk by each elected official, but not in excess of the average percentage increase granted to other municipal employees in the same period.
2. N.J.S.11A:3-5 is amended to read as follows:
11A:3-5. Political subdivision unclassified service. The political subdivision unclassified service shall not be subject to the provisions of this title unless otherwise specified and shall include the following: a. Elected officials;
b. One secretary and one confidential assistant to each mayor;
c. Members of boards and commissions authorized by law;
d. Heads of institutions;
e. Physicians, surgeons and dentists;
f. Attorneys of a county, municipality or school district operating under this title;
g. Teaching staff, as defined in N.J.S.18A:1-1, in the public schools and county superintendents and members and business managers of boards of education;
h. Principal executive officers;
i. One secretary, clerk or executive director to each department, board and commission authorized by law to make the appointment;
j. One secretary or clerk to each county constitutional officer, principal executive officer, and judge;
k. One deputy or first assistant to a principal executive officer who is authorized by statute to act for and in place of the principal executive officer;
l. No more than 12 county department heads and the heads of divisions within such departments; provided that the total number of unclassified positions created by the county administrative code pursuant to this subsection shall not exceed 20;
m. One secretary or confidential assistant to each unclassified department or division head established in subsection l.;
n. Employees of county park commissions, appointed pursuant to R.S.40:37-96 through R.S.40:37-174, in counties of the second class; o. Directors of free public libraries in cities of the first class having a population of more than 300,000;
p. One secretary to the municipal council in cities of the first class having a population of less than 300,000;
q. One secretary and one confidential aide for each member of the board of freeholders other than the director, and one secretary and two confidential aides for the freeholder director, of any county of the second class with a population of at least 470,000 which has not adopted the provisions of the "Optional County Charter Law," P.L.1972, c.154 (C.40:41A-1 et seq.) and one secretary or confidential aide for each member of the board of freeholders of any other county which has not adopted the provisions of the "Optional County Charter Law";
r. In school districts organized pursuant to N.J.S.18A:17-1 et seq., the executive controller, public information officer and the executive directors of board affairs, personnel, budget, purchasing, physical facilities, data processing, financial affairs, and internal audit;
s. The executive director, assistant executive director, director of staff operations, director of administration, director of redevelopment and the urban initiatives coordinator of a local housing authority;
t. The sheriff's investigators of any county appointed pursuant to P.L.1987, c.113 (C.40A:9-117a);
u. Any title as provided by statute or as the board may determine in accordance with criteria established by rule; [and]
v. One confidential aide for each county clerk, in addition to the titles included under subsection j. of this section; and
w. A confidential aide appointed by a municipal elected official pursuant to the provisions of section 1 of P.L. , c. (C. )
(pending before the Legislature as this bill).
(cf: P.L.1991, c.494, s.1)
3. This act shall take effect immediately.
This bill permits every elected local official in municipalities that are not subject to the provisions of P.L.1973, c.89 (C.40:69A-60.5) to appoint a confidential aide. A confidential aide appointed pursuant to this bill would serve, and be removable, at the pleasure of the elected official, and would serve in the unclassified service of the civil service in municipalities that have adopted Title 11A, Civil Service, of the New Jersey Statutes. The bill provides that such confidential aides shall receive a salary fixed by ordinance, and may have their salaries increased on a periodic basis in accordance with the recommendation in an annual merit evaluation, but not in excess of the average percentage increase granted to other municipal employees in the same period.
Permits elected municipal officials to appoint one confidential aide.