MUNSTER | As required by Indiana law, all elected and appointed officials, including members of the Munster Town Council, the clerk-treasurer and administrative supervisors, have signed nepotism compliance certifications.
Those signed certifications were accepted in early December by the Munster Town Council and ordered placed on file. All were submitted to Town Council President Joseph Simonetto as the town’s executive officer.
The state’s anti-nepotism law took effect July 1, 2012.
It prohibits a local elected or appointed government employee from directly supervising or contracting with a relative or making decisions about his or her work assignments, pay, grievances, promotions and performance evaluations.
Under the law, "relative" includes a spouse, parent, child, sibling, niece or nephew, aunt or uncle, and half-, step- or in-law.
The state statute specifies that local government employees overseeing relatives hired prior to July 1, 2012, are exempt from the new law as long as both individuals continue in their current jobs. However, if an employee resigns and reapplies for the same position, the anti-nepotism law would apply.
Munster adopted a nepotism policy in hiring and supervising in compliance with the state law in 2012.
The anti-nepotism certifications were signed by 23 officials and direct-line supervisors.
They included the following elected officials: Clerk-Treasurer David Shafer and Town Council members John Edington, Andy Koultourides, David Nellans, John Reed and Simonetto.
Appointed Munster officials signing the certifications included Town Manager/Park Department Supervisor Tom DeGiulio; Assistant Town Manager Clay Johnson; Town Engineer James Mandon; Chief of Police Steve Scheckel and Fire Chief/Director of Operations James Knesek.