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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.

Tune into @HereandNowABC Sunday at Noon to see Mayor @rasjbaraka discuss the Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center https://t.co/DHkF2NoLVr | Tweeted On: Oct 20, 2017

From announcing Newark's Amazon #HQ2 bid to the Hispanic Heritage Month breakfast, see "This Week in Newark." https://t.co/onFkgvFmEW | Tweeted On: Oct 20, 2017

Register now and learn how to box at the Ironbound Boxing Academy at 226 Rome Street https://t.co/MQlpzk9t2y | Tweeted On: Oct 20, 2017

East Coast’s 1st ‘Grammy Museum’ Opens Here In Newark Read more - https://t.co/Go7dN7EwlM https://t.co/A4P5cvyVhC | Tweeted On: Oct 20, 2017

Discover all of the after school programs available for your child(ren) next Saturday (10/28) at The Waterfront fro… https://t.co/OGU84ULCFA | Tweeted On: Oct 20, 2017

Download the Newark Municipal Phone Directory today - https://t.co/e2uUrz2GD7 https://t.co/mSzBhlBrnY | Tweeted On: Oct 20, 2017

Newarkers! Increase your chances of being employed by attending our career fair at 205 Thomas St, Tuesday (10/24) https://t.co/jrGMxD5Akl | Tweeted On: Oct 20, 2017

Next weekend we are bringing some of the top healthcare services to our city with @komennja https://t.co/MJKRBfjRQ2 | Tweeted On: Oct 20, 2017

Happy Friday! Today is yet another beautiful, sunny day as we see temperatures reach 74°. Alternate side parking is… https://t.co/YWDXqRR6DK | Tweeted On: Oct 20, 2017

Watch Mayor @rasjbaraka discuss local school control on @WBGO’s FacebookLIVE https://t.co/k08POzn0Kx | Tweeted On: Oct 19, 2017

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