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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.

This weekend we teach our children how to fish at the Kids' Fishing Derby 🐟 https://t.co/KvYuuAtREG | Tweeted On: Jun 23, 2017

Check out what happened "This Week in Newark" https://t.co/FjrHEAcnty | Tweeted On: Jun 23, 2017

Mon, June 26: We announce #HireBuyLiveNewark #Newark2020 with some of the City's biggest partners. Don't miss out! https://t.co/aYaY8M3MjH | Tweeted On: Jun 23, 2017

Newark to vote on big push to avoid gentrification with affordable housing https://t.co/DuNCbbisMS | Tweeted On: Jun 23, 2017

See just how quick & easy it is to get to @EWRairport in @united 's new episode of Big Metal Bird w/ @phil_torres https://t.co/CmShuldYim | Tweeted On: Jun 23, 2017

Starting today @IronboundSC is hosting #LaLigaPromises 2017 ⚽️ https://t.co/uufadJT1kR | Tweeted On: Jun 23, 2017

Newark's LGBTQ Activists Fight For Equality, Earn Awards https://t.co/eCQ54GvXTy | Tweeted On: Jun 23, 2017

Dance with us Saturday, June 24, at @NewarkRiverfrnt 💃🏽 https://t.co/WllhixYGM7 | Tweeted On: Jun 23, 2017

Learn how the Youth Ambassadors are helping lead our community and how you can join today at 5pm in City Hall Room… https://t.co/7D5JojK1XT | Tweeted On: Jun 23, 2017

These 4 Newark students turn shipping container into emergency shelter https://t.co/cn8PNStxtc | Tweeted On: Jun 23, 2017

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