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.

I posted a new photo to Facebook | Tweeted On: Oct 20, 2014

A New Start for Newark Schools, a NY Times Op-Ed by Mayor Ras J. Baraka | Tweeted On: Oct 19, 2014

Newark's Happy Street Signs. Watch the story that aired on CBS Saturday Morning. #happystreetsigns | Tweeted On: Oct 18, 2014

On Wednesday, October 15th Newark became the first city in the world to officially install Happy Street Signs!... | Tweeted On: Oct 17, 2014

The Bureau of Vital Statistics is moving to Mary Eliza Mahoney Health Center, 394 University Ave on 10/21. The office is closed until 10/20. | Tweeted On: Oct 17, 2014

If you missed Mayor Ras J. Baraka's First 100 Days "Believing in Newark" documentary at CityPlex on Wednesday... | Tweeted On: Oct 16, 2014

If you missed last night’s screening of Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s First 100 Days “Believing in Newark” documentary... | Tweeted On: Oct 16, 2014

Now Playing... Mayor Ras J. Baraka's first 100 days. Showtime is at 6:30pm. If you didn't RSVP, and can't make it... | Tweeted On: Oct 15, 2014

Now Playing... Mayor Ras J. Baraka's first 100 days. Showtime is at 6:30pm. If you didn't RSVP, and… | Tweeted On: Oct 15, 2014

Mayor Ras J. Baraka released a report and documentary film today on his administration’s achievements during its... | Tweeted On: Oct 15, 2014

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