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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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Witness the transformation of a historic building at @NewarkCEDC & our ribbon cutting ceremony tomorrow, Feb 22. https://t.co/nS2eAAdRIs | Tweeted On: Feb 21, 2017

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Help improve the relationship between your community & @NewarkNJPolice by attending our Public Safety Meeting Thurs… https://t.co/XR4szRxHtk | Tweeted On: Feb 21, 2017

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Unveil Newark's commemorative quilt to conclude #NewarkNJ's 350th Anniversary w/ us today at 1pm on #FacebookLive. @newark350 #WeAreNewark | Tweeted On: Feb 21, 2017

Good Morning Newark! Let's start the week with a positive attitude. Today we'll have a cool day with a high of 46°F & a low of 40°F. | Tweeted On: Feb 21, 2017

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