The Secaucus Town Council recently swore in a firefighter that was at the center of controversy that led to anew town ordinance.
The ordinance adopted at the January 9 council meeting said that Secaucus firefighters did not have to be United States citizens as long as they were legals residents via a work visa or green card. Oscar Oliveros was the first beneficiary of the new policy when he was officially sown in to the department.
The town had decided to change the ordinance last year, but a number of Secaucus firefighters spoke against the change at the Town Council meeting on December 20. The uproar prompted Deputy Chief Carl Leppin and Chief Joseph Schoendorf to denounce the critics and speak in favor of the ordinance at the first Town Council meeting of 2018.
Secaucus previously had an old law that required firefighters to be U.S. citizens. But the statue was at odds with current state and federal laws banning employment discrimination based on national origin.