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Newark, the government seat of Essex County, has since the 1950s operated under a mayor-council form of local government. The city’s voters adopted this governing structure in 1953 as part of the Optional Municipal Charter Law (R.S. 40:69A-1 et seq.), commonly known as the Faulkner Act. Under the provisions of the Faulkner Act, Newark’s mayor serves a four-year term and executes the legislation enacted by the Municipal Council. The mayor is not a voting member of the council.

The nine-person Municipal Council also serves a four-year term; five council members are elected at large and four are elected by the individual municipal wards the represent. The council is responsible for codification and legislation for the municipality, as well as for ensuing budgetary compliance. In this section, you will learn more about Mayor Ras J. Baraka, elected to office in 2014, as well as the nine members of the Newark Municipal Council. Under city government, you also will find detailed descriptions of each of the city’s departments, their individual divisions, and department directors.

See what happened This Week in Newark. #WeAreNewark https://t.co/xWHHNkmATU | Tweeted On: Jan 20, 2017

Mayor @rasjbaraka looks to expand the City's view on investors to further expand our capacity for certain projects. https://t.co/HAA6Ve7pmR | Tweeted On: Jan 20, 2017

Companies in Newark to receive tax cut for the hiring of residents. #NewarkNews https://t.co/TmD39W4a0D | Tweeted On: Jan 20, 2017

Our Dept. of Parks & Grounds received a brand new truck to help clear those troublesome branches from electric line… https://t.co/jpeYQpFFlo | Tweeted On: Jan 20, 2017

Tomorrow we will be streaming the Youth Leadership Academy at 10AM. Tune in via Facebook Live! | Tweeted On: Jan 20, 2017

Beginning 10PM tonight to 5AM Monday, a long-term traffic shift on I-280 eastbound will begin to allow for bridge replacement work. | Tweeted On: Jan 20, 2017

As we prep for our 29th Annual Sing in Praise of King, we take a look back at last year's event w/ keynote speaker… https://t.co/JhGOTvKVA0 | Tweeted On: Jan 20, 2017

WATCH: Newark becoming the national leader in building trust between communities & police via @SteveAdubato. https://t.co/7qC04Z8Rlj | Tweeted On: Jan 20, 2017

See what happened this week in #NewarkNJ: https://t.co/F0ILdxRX3B | Tweeted On: Jan 20, 2017

Mayor Baraka Speaks Out for Racial and Economic Justice at 2017 March on Washington: https://t.co/hGJXPA8oYq via @YouTube | Tweeted On: Jan 20, 2017

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