The Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee has released A-4145. The League supports this bill, which permits the appointment of nonresident municipal emergency management coordinators in municipalities with populations under 5,000 persons, in certain circumstances.
This bill would allow a municipality with a population under 5,000 persons to appoint a nonresident as its municipal emergency management coordinator if a qualified resident cannot be recruited. The appointee would have to be a resident of the applicable county. Current law requires these coordinators to be municipal residents unless the municipality participates in a shared service agreement.
A-4145 awaits a Floor Vote in the Assembly. Its companion, S-2750 has been referred to the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.
We thank the sponsors for their attention to a problem faced by less populous New Jersey municipalities. And we will continue our work to advance this legislation.
Contact: Jon Moran, Senior Legislative Analyst, email@example.com, 609-695-3481, x121.