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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.

Message from Mayor Ras J. Baraka on Occupy the Schools via @YouTube | Tweeted On: Oct 07, 2015

ICYMI: Mayor Baraka speaks on the first Occupy the Schools event which was held Monday, October 5 at Central High... | Tweeted On: Oct 07, 2015

Listen as Mayor Baraka speaks on the first Occupy the Schools-Newark event, which was held Monday, October... | Tweeted On: Oct 06, 2015

Tomorrow, FREE line dancing kick off! Come out for a fun approach to fitness. | Tweeted On: Oct 06, 2015

READ: Shaq returned to his hometown to launch his new children's book, "Little Shaq".... | Tweeted On: Oct 06, 2015

Students enjoying a Q&A with #Shaq #Newark #LittleShaq | Tweeted On: Oct 06, 2015

Full schedule of this week's Occupy the Block: (Starting at 4:30 PM) Wednesday- South Orange Avenue & South 20th... | Tweeted On: Oct 05, 2015

READ:Mayor Baraka's Occupy the Schools movement officially launched this morning at Central High School.... | Tweeted On: Oct 05, 2015

Are you street smart? Newark is one of five communities piloting a new pedestrian safety education and enforcement... | Tweeted On: Oct 05, 2015

A career fair offered exclusively to Newark residents. Must be a college graduate. | Tweeted On: Oct 05, 2015

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