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.

CITY OF NEWARK PRESENTS NATIONAL SIGNING DAY FOR NEWARK HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYERS, AT JOHN F. KENNEDY... http://t.co/wRPi4lruDe | Tweeted On: Jan 30, 2015

You can download #mynewark app via #Android appstore and #itunes appstore-@rasjbaraka | Tweeted On: Jan 29, 2015

Report crimes. @NewarkPoliceDep isnt interested in your immigration status. @rasjbaraka we are a nation of immigrants. | Tweeted On: Jan 28, 2015

We all need to come together as newarkers . thats the only way we can transform this city. @rasjbaraka | Tweeted On: Jan 28, 2015

Crime overall is down in the city and has dropped dramitcally in the east ward over the last year. @rasjbaraka | Tweeted On: Jan 28, 2015

Recidivism is a major problem. We have to do more to rehabilitate these individuals and do it earlier @rasjbaraka | Tweeted On: Jan 28, 2015

Abadonded properties are not only blight on our city but also havens for crime. We are going 2 raze 40 properties in our city @rasjbaraka | Tweeted On: Jan 28, 2015

Our police department will be wearing body cameras to ensure that all engagement with residents are courteous and respectful. @rasjbaraka | Tweeted On: Jan 28, 2015

We are working to hire more code enfocement officers to go after those who come to #newark to dump rubbish and pollute our city. @rasjbaraka | Tweeted On: Jan 28, 2015

We have to provide young people wit jobs and opportunities so that they don't end up in the criminal justice system. @rasjbaraka | Tweeted On: Jan 28, 2015

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