Government

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 with a few of Santa's helpers at today's toy distribution. ACityWeCanAllBelieveIn #Latergram http://t.co/NnRQMht0OO | Tweeted On: Dec 21, 2014

Mayor @rasjbaraka with a few of Santa's helpers at today's toy distribution. ACityWeCanAllBelieveIn… http://t.co/Fdzpu1ryay | Tweeted On: Dec 21, 2014

Plenty of holiday cheer as 100s of children were blessed with toys for Christmas at CityPlex12. Shoutout to all... http://t.co/i3etjb1gAT | Tweeted On: Dec 21, 2014

Plenty of holiday cheer as 100s of children were blessed with toys for Christmas at CityPlex12.… http://t.co/nSaePBOsk0 | Tweeted On: Dec 21, 2014

Today 100s of children were blessed with toys for Christmas at CityPlex12. Plenty of smiles. Shout out to Mayor... http://t.co/NymNkKZuhi | Tweeted On: Dec 21, 2014

Today 100s of children were blessed with toys for Christmas at CityPlex12. Plenty of smiles. Shout out… http://t.co/JYT4mN8nMW | Tweeted On: Dec 21, 2014

Today 100s of children were blessed with toys for Christmas at CityPlex12. This is just one of many happy faces.... http://t.co/74cdkRDruJ | Tweeted On: Dec 21, 2014

Today 100s of children were blessed with toys for Christmas at CityPlex12. This is just one of many… http://t.co/jnUMIGBnk8 | Tweeted On: Dec 21, 2014

Mayor Baraka Postpones Monday's Press Conference in Light of NYPD Tragedy http://t.co/Us2vpnryuV | Tweeted On: Dec 21, 2014

Kwanzaa Celebration, Mon 12/29 @ JFK Rec Center, 211 W Kinney St, 4pm-9pm | Tweeted On: Dec 21, 2014

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