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FORM OF GOVERNMENT

The Township of Berkeley Heights is governed by the Mayor /Council /Administrator form of local government. As a variant of the Faulkner Act, the Mayor is directly elected by the voters and serves a term of four years. Council members are elected to serve three year terms. Council terms are staggered so that two Council seats are up for election each year.
Faulkner Act (OMCL) Mayor-Council-Administrator NJSA:40:69A-149 et. seq. 

VOTERS ELECT 
Mayor and 6 council members. Mayor: 4 year term. Council: Staggered 3 year term. 

ORGANIZATION OF GOVERNING BODY 
January 1 

MAYOR 
Presides over Council. Exercises the executive power of municipality. Votes only to break ties. Has veto subject to override by 2/3 of all Council members. Appoints municipal clerk, administrator, attorney, tax collector, tax assessor, treasurer, and department heads with Council approval. May remove department heads upon written notice to Council. 

COUNCIL 
Exercises legislative power of the municipality. Approves Mayor's appointees for municipal clerk, administrator, attorney, tax collector, tax assessor, treasurer and department heads. May remove department heads for cause after a hearing. Prepares budget with assistance of municipal administrator and treasurer. 

ADMINISTRATION 
Mayor exercises executive power of the municipality. Up to six departments may be created by ordinance. Administrator supervises administration of each department.

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 
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