a. The board of chosen freeholders of any county in this State, on its own initiative, after public hearing may, by ordinance or resolution, establish a county board of health. Notice of the public hearing shall be published at least 15 days prior to that hearing in a newspaper circulated throughout the county.
b. In any county in which the board of chosen freeholders has established a county health agency there may be established a county board of health, pursuant to this act. Said existing county health agency shall be continued as a county health department, as provided herein. In any county having a board of health and vital statistics, organized pursuant to chapter 11 of Title 26 of the Revised Statutes, that board shall be continued as a county board of health as provided herein.
L.1975, c. 329, s. 4, eff. April 1, 1976. Amended by L.1977, c. 258, s. 1, eff. Oct. 12, 1977; L.1977, c. 443, s. 4, eff. March 2, 1978.