Jackson Considers Director Of Law And Public Safety Position

Photo courtesy of copcruisers.org
Photo courtesy of copcruisers.org

  JACKSON – The Township Council will consider creating a Director of Law and Public Safety position during their next meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday (February 13). The council will hold an executive session (not open to the public) at 6 p.m.

  The position would serve as a liaison between the Jackson Police Department and the Township Administration.

  Council President Jennifer Kuhn said she and fellow council members met and spoke with the Jackson PBA Unions and that the unions strongly recommended the addition of the Director of Public Safety position.

  Under the proposed ordinance, the position does not replace the Chief of Police or eliminate the position. The person who would fill this role would be tasked with helping make corrective recommendations to the administration such as: budgeted items, report on police department-related issues to the township, establish police performance and standards policy, and stay ahead of ever-changing New Jersey state mandates for reporting and accountability of local police departments as directed by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.

  The ordinance to create this position is scheduled to be introduced at the February 13 meeting. An ordinance needs two readings before it is made law. The second reading will be at a future meeting.

  Four other ordinances are on the agenda for introduction. They include Ordinance 07-24 that involves trespassing on public property, penalties and violations while Ordinance 08-24 involves rezoning a section of the township.

  Ordinance 09-24 involves landlord registration and responsibilities while Ordinance 10-24 is a revised version of an ordinance introduced last month involving parking restrictions at county intersections and roadways and free permit parking within 51 feet and 100 feet of said intersections.

  An ordinance up for second reading involves adding an additional alternate member to the Municipal Utilities Authority.