On or before December 31, 1985, any person holding the office of municipal clerk in
any municipality and having held such office continuously for five years from the
date of his original appointment shall have tenure in such office and shall not be
removed therefrom except for good cause shown after a fair and impartial hearing.
For the purposes of this section, the definition of good cause for removal of a municipal
clerk may include the failure of the clerk to meet the continuing education requirements
set forth in section 8 of P.L.1997, c. 279 (C.40A:9-133.10).
In the case of a shared service agreement between pilot municipalities, a tenured
municipal clerk may be dismissed to effectuate the sharing of a service entered into
pursuant to the provisions of P.L.2007, c. 63 (C.40A:65-1 et seq.) and such dismissal shall be deemed to be in the interest of the economy or efficiency
of the participants in the shared service agreement. The removal of a municipal clerk under this subsection shall not require the pilot
municipality to fulfill the requirements of section 7 of P.L.1985, c. 174 (C.40A:9-133.7). Instead, the pilot municipality shall provide the clerk with a written copy of the
shared service agreement entered into by the pilot municipality, and a letter stating
that the position of municipal clerk in the municipality is being eliminated for reasons
of economy or efficiency as the result of the shared service agreement.
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