VINELAND - City Council adopted a pair of ordinances Tuesday that continue the revamping of the local Municipal Court.
City Council voted 5-0 to create two part-time municipal court judges to replace John Kaspar, who retired as the city's prime, or full-time, municipal court judge in May.
Another 5-0 council vote created a salary range of $30,000 to $40,000 for the part-time judges.
City Council took the actions over the objections of local attorney Michael Hoffman, who said he was interested in applying for one of the judge's positions. Hoffman urged City Council to create a residency requirement for the city's municipal court judges.
City officials said the changes in operations will save taxpayers money, in part by not having to provide benefits for part-time judges. The move is expected to improve Municipal Court scheduling, they said.
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City officials targeted the Municipal Court for a shake-up since the administration took over in January. Officials said they wanted to make Municipal Court operations less expensive and more efficient.
One area targeted by City Council in April was the amount of overtime budgeted for local police officers for appearing in Municipal Court. The budget allocates $500,000 in overtime. City officials said part of the reason for the large amount is that police officers are frequently called to appear in Municipal Court only to sit around for hours because the cases are not ready.
City officials have already cut one day from the number of days Municipal Court is in session. Cases are now heard on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thurs-days.
"Vineland needs to consider Vineland people first," Hoffman said.
City Council members made no response to Hoffman's plea.
The city is proceeding with the judge selection process.