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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.

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Join Mayor @rasjbaraka Youth Leadership Dev. Academy this Sat (12/10) to learn how YOU can LEAD change in your comm… https://t.co/1zwQFcckua | Tweeted On: Dec 09, 2016

Our Mayor @rasjbaraka pushes to make #NewarkNJ healthier and greener w/ our 1st Chief Sustainability Officer. https://t.co/i8aGQr2Fc0 | Tweeted On: Dec 09, 2016

Good Morning & Happy Friday! Remember to dress warm as temperatures drop. Today we'll have a high of 38°F w/ a low of 25°F. #WeAreNewark | Tweeted On: Dec 09, 2016

My Sister's Keeper Student Forum: https://t.co/CgIcodmt5L via @YouTube | Tweeted On: Dec 08, 2016

Acompáñenos este domingo, 11 de diciembre para disfrutar de una cena gratuita en el Vince Lombardi Center. Los espe… https://t.co/oe6VX3wU4e | Tweeted On: Dec 08, 2016

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