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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.

Crowds gathering early this a.m. for @kconusa this weekend at @PruCenter https://t.co/tSSbE0d4bR | Tweeted On: Jun 24, 2016

Mayor Baraka listens to a resident as he walks through the historic Four Corners of Newark neighborhood during an... https://t.co/9rlonwLYpG | Tweeted On: Jun 22, 2016

Mayor @rasjbaraka speaks to #qualityoflife issues at downtown #occupytheblock #citygateway https://t.co/byi3Mc2iFW | Tweeted On: Jun 22, 2016

Hey ladies of Newark! Are you interested in working in construction? There's a six-week carpentry pre-apprentice... https://t.co/d9JOJQgfsG | Tweeted On: Jun 22, 2016

Mayor Baraka Announces Campaign to Reduce Domestic Violence -excerpt- 6/15/16: https://t.co/AcLGWjmalz via @YouTube | Tweeted On: Jun 16, 2016

Session 2: Closing the Wealth Gap: Technology & New Paradigms in Economic Innovation " Black Business Ownership... https://t.co/xInBpmwfMf | Tweeted On: Jun 10, 2016

#AntoineMThompson "Black Business Ownership Does matter" https://t.co/KnUvxzy8y8 | Tweeted On: Jun 10, 2016

Session 2- Closing the Wealth Gap: Technology & New Paradigms in Economic Innovation! #pprc16 @rasjbaraka https://t.co/i0lIjhczRy | Tweeted On: Jun 10, 2016

Session 1- Urban Marshall Plan: Setting An Agenda for Education Reform and Exploring Avenues to… https://t.co/kzCQDNsCy4 | Tweeted On: Jun 10, 2016

Power Politics & Community Reinvestment happening now! Ras J. Baraka and other panelist discuss resolutions for... https://t.co/saN6J6zedo | Tweeted On: Jun 10, 2016

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