In a 4-to-1 committee vote, members of the Union Township, New Jersey, council agreed to hire a company to conduct background checks
of employees and recreation league volunteers, the Hunterdon Democrat reports.
"They're around children, so there should be some type of background check
," committeeman Matt Severino told the news source. "I wanted to narrow it down to what I thought was pertinent to what they are doing." Severino, who voted against the need for background screening
, refers to only checking for crimes that are related to the employee's positions, such as sexual, domestic or child abuse or other related crimes. The township will pay $30 for each background check. According to the news source, after the screenings are conducted, the township will receive a report on whether any coaches had been convicted of a crime. Should a notice come back positive, the town will then decide whether or not to proceed with the hiring process. The company conducting the examination will record the first five digits of each employee's Social Security number and search through the nationwide sex offender registry to determine any wrongdoing.