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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.

Catch the Baraka Train at S. 11th St. soon. https://t.co/EuudvHCFzR | Tweeted On: Apr 28, 2017

Happy Friday Newark! Today will be sunny with a high of 82°. Alternate side parking is in effect. | Tweeted On: Apr 28, 2017

Local Police Officers and Firefighters Earn 'Valor Awards' https://t.co/njlfwDmCsJ | Tweeted On: Apr 27, 2017

Tomorrow Mayor @rasjbaraka will engage and provide info & services from 10a-2p. Interested in being an ambassador? Please call: 9737335368 | Tweeted On: Apr 27, 2017

.@NewarkNJPolice to begin wearing and using body/dash cams from @PanasonicUSA. #NewarkForward https://t.co/kOcC3xW4BH | Tweeted On: Apr 27, 2017

Newark mansion restored to house small businesses. @NewarkCEDC @newarkfoundry Mayor @rasjbaraka #NewarkForward https://t.co/f6iP8Nclv0 | Tweeted On: Apr 27, 2017

Join us for the celebration of the Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center Saturday, May 13, at 10am https://t.co/5EKrtMRdmW | Tweeted On: Apr 27, 2017

Come see the premiere of "Chapter & Verse" with us at @cityplex12 this Friday, April 28, at 7:15p https://t.co/gPpThBHbwc | Tweeted On: Apr 27, 2017

Thursday, May 4, make sure you get over to @EWRairport Terminal B for the Aviation Job Fair with your resume and bu… https://t.co/DkmC9kPAab | Tweeted On: Apr 27, 2017

#HappeningNow: Mayor @rasjbaraka opens @TheRevAl @NationalAction's "How Should We Organize in the Trump Era?" panel… https://t.co/3daTAl7amk | Tweeted On: Apr 27, 2017

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