Municipal Clerk

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La Shawn R. Barber, RMC
Registrered Municipal Clerk

Phone   (609) 268-1220 ext. 114
Fax       (609) 268-7430

OFFICE HOURS:  MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
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                 Natalie Lewis

                 Deputy Municipal Clerk

                 Phone  (609) 268-1220 ext. 110
                 Fax      (609) 268-7430

                 Email NLewis@townshipoftabernacle-nj.gov


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CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER OF ALL ELECTIONS HELD IN THE MUNICIPALITY

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  • Certify vacancies at a local level.
  •  Maintain receipt of nominating petitions and certification to the County Clerk of local candidates nominated by    petition.
  •  Exercise quasi-judicial authority in determining the validity of petitions.
  •  Furnish material for local elections.
  •  Suggest polling places.
  •  Maintain receipt of election results.
  •  Certify to the County Clerk persons elected to partisan County Committee Offices in each election district.
  •  Chief Registrar of Voters in the Municipality. 
COME WORK WITH US!     Become a District Boardworker
 
Any registered voter is eligible. A minimum of four Boardworkers are assigned to each district, two Democrat and two Republican. You would report at 5:15 a.m. until the polls close and return the election material to the Municipal Clerk's Office. The pay is $200.00 for the day. New Boardworkers are always placed with experienced ones. For more information, contact the Board of Election's Office (609) 265-5062 or (609) 265-5161.

SECRETARY OF THE MUNICIPAL CORPORATION

  • Custodian of the Municipal seal.
  •  Maintain custody of all minutes, books, deeds, bonds, contracts and archival records of the municipality.
  •  Attest to the signatures of municipal officers and officials.
  •  Maintain receipt of service of legal documents.

SECRETARY OF THE GOVERNING BODY

  • Prepare agenda for Annual Reorganization meeting of the Governing Body.
  • Prepare meeting agenda at the discretion of the Governing Body and be present at all meetings of the Governing Body.
  • Transcribe and keep an official record of the proceedings of every meeting and retain the original copies of all minutes, ordinances and resolutions.
  • Process, record, file and when necessary, advertise ordinances, resolutions and the Municipal budget.
  • Administer and record oaths of office.
  • Handle Municipal correspondence both incoming and outgoing.
  • Maintain custody of all official records not specifically handled by other departments.
  • Act as a liaison to the public and correspondent on behalf of the Governing Body.
  • Advertise and authorize exceptions to receipt of formal bids.
  • Certify to the Municipality's Bond Counsel as to the proper advertising, filing of Supplemental Debt Statement and no protests have been filed with the municipality as to the adoption of bond ordinances.  Advertise full bond ordinance.
  • Annual Audit: Publication of receipt of audit report. Forward to Director of DLGS proof of publication of synopsis, certified copy of resolution, originally signed Group affidavit.
  • Annual Government Ethics: (N.J.S.A. 40A: -22) File annually all statements with Director of DLGS of all local government officers by April 30th.
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
 
Responsible for the acceptance of applications for licenses and permits and the issuance of licenses and permits, except where statute or Municipal Ordinance has delegated that responsibility to some other Municipal Officer.

 

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE
 
Administers process related to new licenses, renewals, transfers, and amendments.
  • Signs license certificate as Municipal Agent designated by Municipal Issuing Authority (N.J.S.A. 13:2-3.4)
  • Reviews requests for certain types of special permits and signs on behalf of the Municipality.
  • Submits certified copies to the Director of DLGS of all adopted resolutions and ordinances affecting local alcoholic beverage control.

 

RECORDS COORDINATOR AND MANAGER
 
  • Responisble for implementing local archives and records retention programs as mandated

                                                                 

GOVERNMENT RECORDS REQUEST         
Open Public Records Act (OPRA) has been an opportunity for more "Transparency in Government."   The public can obtain government records legally allowed for  release in the State of New Jersey.  The intent of the law is good; however, there has come a point in many towns that OPRA is financially draining municipal resources.  There is a nominal charge of 5 cents per copy for a letter size page and 7 cents to copy a legal size page when applicable.  Electronic documents are free.  The price per page is fair, the hidden cost is the salary of the employee to locate the documents that may span several years and in some cases may take several hours to locate.  This process is often very time consuming and under certain circumstances, some documents may no longer be available under State Law that allows for records to be destroyed after a certain time period.  Municipal Clerks have become the hub of government and  the direct link between the taxpayers and the governing body.

Tabernacle's Municipal Clerk's Office is staffed with two full-time employees; however, depending on vacation, training, and the attendance of other departments, this office may only have one employee available to provide these functions.   When individuales request documents through the OPRA process it immediately creates a time constraint on our schedules. While it is important to know about OPRA, you need to understand the downside as well.  

2014 OPRA LOG
2015 OPRA LOG
2016 OPRA LOG
2017 OPRA LOG

                          
What is OPRA
New Jersey Government Records Council: What to do if your request has been denied