Government

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.

Mayor Baraka, Senator Rice, Newark NAACP, and Religious Leaders held a press conference today on Newark's... http://t.co/RrNALT7hgV | Tweeted On: Mar 03, 2015

Newark Youth Council presents "Empowering Our Youth by Building and Connecting" http://t.co/Lm8CdLRh0Z | Tweeted On: Mar 02, 2015

Street sweeping will be suspended on Monday, March 2, 2015 and the remainder of the week due to inclement weather. | Tweeted On: Mar 02, 2015

Mayor Ras J. Baraka, South Ward Council Member John Sharpe James, and other members of the Newark Municipal... http://t.co/SmGE8OgBQE | Tweeted On: Feb 27, 2015

Please be advised there is a Code Blue in effect tonight until Saturday, February 28th at 8:00PM. During these... http://t.co/AQLgUQHISK | Tweeted On: Feb 27, 2015

I posted a new photo to Facebook http://t.co/OH3XYXdUwJ | Tweeted On: Feb 27, 2015

Tonight's public safety meeting will be held at Central High School at 6pm. http://t.co/GlLwIh8shL | Tweeted On: Feb 25, 2015

At @USCIS citizenship ceremony, @rasjbaraka congratulates #newuscitizen and welcomes her to #Newark. http://t.co/sWsz5g62RK | Tweeted On: Feb 25, 2015

MAYOR RAS J. BARAKA'S FIRST STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS WILL BE DELIVERED ON TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2015, AT 6 P.M., IN... http://t.co/59oAwqoBSp | Tweeted On: Feb 23, 2015

Mayor Ras J. Baraka will host two public hearings on his new executive order to create a Newark Police Civilian... http://t.co/4V1phFcVx5 | Tweeted On: Feb 23, 2015

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