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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.

Mayor Ras J. Baraka is representing #Newark well as the Assistant Sergeant at Arms for the... https://t.co/QWUCkLK4uT | Tweeted On: Jul 25, 2016

A good read this morning on the work that the Mayor has been doing on #policing. https://t.co/1shLWrZ9Nh | Tweeted On: Jul 24, 2016

Live on WBGO Jazz 88.3 Newark Today now! Mayor Ras J. Baraka is joined by #NJPeoplesOrganizationforProgress chair... https://t.co/9Wt73TMLGT | Tweeted On: Jul 21, 2016

On air now! @WBGO Mayor @rasjbaraka @peoplesorganiz1 Ch. Lawrence Hamm @NewarkNJPolice Dir Ambrose #policing https://t.co/LgVGDwUS8W | Tweeted On: Jul 21, 2016

We are going to prove to the world that we can reduce violence in #NEWARK - #Jada #NCST outreach worker https://t.co/Ta52yUeT0p | Tweeted On: Jul 21, 2016

Peace has been strangled in our communities. - #NCST outreach worker https://t.co/4Mr8mWoRRh | Tweeted On: Jul 21, 2016

Newark Kids Rock! Join us on August 13th for this special event that highlights our youth!... https://t.co/QoLZFxbUER | Tweeted On: Jul 20, 2016

Mayor @rasjbaraka talks about #NewarkKidsRock2016 Join us Aug 13! https://t.co/fVSSNVGn8a | Tweeted On: Jul 20, 2016

Hope to see everyone today at #OccupytheBlock at Foster Street & Frelinghuysen Avenue. Occupy begins at 5:30pm... https://t.co/FHjfwiGgaF | Tweeted On: Jul 20, 2016

"When you show only the systemic violence and don't broadcast how police and communities in a growing number of... https://t.co/xupWdYlYrV | Tweeted On: Jul 20, 2016

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