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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.

#NewarkKidsRock is back at Lincoln Park this year! Join is in celebrating the children of our City! https://t.co/QDoFPNtFHr | Tweeted On: Aug 20, 2017

Listen in now: Mayor @rasjbaraka @WBLS1075NYC #openline discussing #inclusionaryzoning #newark https://t.co/rV0cPdSO5a | Tweeted On: Aug 20, 2017

The Newark Youth Ambassadors kick off Mayor @rasjbaraka's Youth Academy discussing how a good leader overcomes fear https://t.co/5KnCcFUVrw | Tweeted On: Aug 19, 2017

Next week we have another exciting outdoor concert on Clinton & Peshine Ave. Enjoy performances from @ammawhatt & B… https://t.co/cZlMeQ0je2 | Tweeted On: Aug 18, 2017

100 things to do in Newark? Here are 12 of the best picks https://t.co/saXgBy23Zo | Tweeted On: Aug 18, 2017

.@NewarkNJPolice arrest 69 people, recover 3 guns and remove an estimated $10,000 worth of drugs off our streets. https://t.co/S55Jc4PpEa | Tweeted On: Aug 18, 2017

Newark Men, join Mayor @rasjbaraka tomorrow night at the City-Wide Men's Meeting to see how you can get involved in… https://t.co/0ekZzJS3s7 | Tweeted On: Aug 18, 2017

Newark launches crowd-funding platform for female entrepreneurs | Tweeted On: Aug 18, 2017

Newark Event Will Promote Peace After #Charlottesville https://t.co/zGBsGijAyd | Tweeted On: Aug 18, 2017

Let's show our seniors that we appreciate them at our Senior Appreciation Luncheon with @SalvationArmyNJ https://t.co/MvRKz6XAeq | Tweeted On: Aug 18, 2017

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