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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.

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Join Mayor @rasjbaraka Monday, Feb 27, to find out what local control of @NPSvoices would mean for you & your child… | Tweeted On: Feb 24, 2017

See the technology that will help make Newark safer for women at the #HackNWK showcase Wed, March 8. Register at: | Tweeted On: Feb 24, 2017

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Give the gift of reading to young readers in Newark for #BHM at @BoysGirlsNewark | Tweeted On: Feb 24, 2017

"Reading is absolutely, positively the most important thing that you’ll ever be able to do” Mayor @rasjbaraka | Tweeted On: Feb 24, 2017

Happy Friday Newark! Today marks the start of a great weekend as we will have a warm sunny day w/ a high of 71°F & a low 52°F. | Tweeted On: Feb 24, 2017

Applications are available for our Summer Youth Employment to all between the ages of 14 & 24. Visit City Hall Room… | Tweeted On: Feb 23, 2017

An old laundry building has been transformed into 15 unit luxury apartments | Tweeted On: Feb 23, 2017

Get ready for our citywide job fair, visiting each ward throughout March. Come with your resume and appropriate dre… | Tweeted On: Feb 23, 2017

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