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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.

Official ribbon-cutting for @IndigoNewark | Tweeted On: Mar 26, 2015

Mayor @rasjbaraka warms the audience with closing remarks. @hotel_indigo_newark | Tweeted On: Mar 26, 2015

A great turnout at today's grand opening of @IndigoNewark | Tweeted On: Mar 26, 2015

@hotel_indigo_newark owner Samer Hanini reads a touching email from the late Dr. Clement Price after he visited... | Tweeted On: Mar 26, 2015

The scene is set for the ceremonial ribbon-cutting of @IndigoNewark | Tweeted On: Mar 26, 2015

Jobs are available! In order to receive an interview for the City of Newark's career fair, you MUST attend the... | Tweeted On: Mar 26, 2015

Happy #WomensHistoryMonth2015! Today, we honor The Divine One: Newarker and one of Jazz's greatest, Sarah Vaughan. | Tweeted On: Mar 26, 2015

The City of Newark is participating in #Earthhour this Saturday! #Repost @earthhourofficial ・・・ Electricity and... | Tweeted On: Mar 26, 2015

BUSINESS FOCUS: BATH AND BODY #WomenOfNewark Spotlight on: Dawn Fitch, Founder of Pooka Pure & Simple. Check out... | Tweeted On: Mar 26, 2015

#WomenOfNewark Spotlight on: Dawn Fitch, Founder of @PookaPureSimple. Check out Dawn during #WomensHistoryMonth2015 | Tweeted On: Mar 25, 2015

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