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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.

Give @NewarkNJPolice feedback on their service tomorrow, March 25, with @NJ_ISJ at 3p-5p at the @IronboundCC https://t.co/rcbAkYHrV1 | Tweeted On: Mar 24, 2017

Today Mayor @rasjbaraka joined the @NewarkParade for their 82nd #StPatricksDay Parade https://t.co/AQpO139DaX | Tweeted On: Mar 24, 2017

See what it's like to put "Worship in Motion" with the @CityofNewarkNJ Saturday, March 25, at 5pm https://t.co/5L8DM3bOIF | Tweeted On: Mar 24, 2017

See these "12 key moments from Newark Mayor @rasjbaraka's state of the city" https://t.co/YuM4NDHVrM | Tweeted On: Mar 24, 2017

Today's St. Patrick's Day parade is scheduled to begin at 1PM. Please see this traffic advisory: https://t.co/eQkjbne3vO | Tweeted On: Mar 24, 2017

WATCH: Mayor @rasjbaraka's State of the City speech where he outlines the progress of the City over the last 3 yrs https://t.co/a7LIiAyRu6 | Tweeted On: Mar 24, 2017

Happy Friday Newark! Expect a high of 55°F with a chance of showers. Alternate side parking is suspended today, March 24. | Tweeted On: Mar 24, 2017

12 key moments from Newark Mayor Baraka's state of the city https://t.co/YuM4NDHVrM | Tweeted On: Mar 23, 2017

Learn how YOU can become a property owner in Newark and more with @NwkDev on Saturday, April 8 https://t.co/OU4DQRDo5v | Tweeted On: Mar 23, 2017

If you didn't make yesterday's #careerfair we've got you covered with another, at Canaan Church Wednesday, March 29… https://t.co/hcn0DG6OqO | Tweeted On: Mar 23, 2017

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