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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.

Mayor @rasjbaraka calls on airports to treat workers better #PovertyDoesntFly #livingwage | Tweeted On: Nov 24, 2015

Democracy Now! interviewed Mayor Ras J. Baraka and discussed his current views of continuing to move the City of... | Tweeted On: Nov 24, 2015

Thank You #EBONYPower100 for selecting our Mayor @rasjbaraka for your 2015 Power 100. Congrats Mayor Ras J. Baraka | Tweeted On: Nov 23, 2015

Hear Mayor Baraka's take on the promise of Newark Public Schools and the importance of empowering and motivating... | Tweeted On: Nov 23, 2015

Congrats to our Mayor @rasjbaraka who is now an Honoree of the 2015 EBONY Power 100 ! Thank You #EBONYPower100... | Tweeted On: Nov 23, 2015

Mayor @rasjbaraka, @DeputyMayorJQ and @brightfuturesclub host the #familyfitnesschallenge in #newark today! | Tweeted On: Nov 22, 2015

Remember, A Fit Family is A Healthy Family. Come Out Today at 4 to the City of Newark Family Fitness Challenge | Tweeted On: Nov 22, 2015

Here's a photo recap of the Re-Grand Opening of 15 Washington Street, Rutgers University-Newark New Dormitory!... | Tweeted On: Nov 21, 2015

Hey! Our Mayor Ras J. Baraka is on "All Politics is Local" with Bashir Akinyele RIGHT NOW! Tune in here > | Tweeted On: Nov 20, 2015

The City of Newark Blues People Festival International is still going on! Come Out Tonight to The Blue Mirror... | Tweeted On: Nov 20, 2015

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