Office of the Mayor

         Mayor Owen Henry

To make an appointment with the Mayor, please contact the Mayor's Assistant by calling 732-721-5600 ext. 2040 or via e-mail at

Faulkner Act Form of Government

New Jersey’s Optional Municipal Charter Law (NJSA 40:69A-1 et seq.) popularly known as the Faulkner Act, became law on June 8,1950, Chapter 210 of the Laws of 1950. By January 1,1994, one hundred and twenty four of New Jersey’s 567 Municipalities had adopted a form of government under one of the Faulkner Act’s four optional as plans: mayor-council, council-manager, small municipality and mayor-council administrator. According to the 1990 United States Census, these 124 Faulkner Act communities have a combined population of 3,717,940. This represents 48.10% of New Jersey’s population.

The Mayor’s Role
A municipality operating under the mayor-council plan shall have a department of administration headed by a business administrator and other departments, not less than two, no more than nine, as council may create by ordinance. All the administrative functions, powers and duties, other than those of the municipal clerk and the tax assessor, must be allocated and assigned among and within such departments. The clerk and the tax assessor are subject to the same general administrative procedures and requirements as the other departments in areas such as budgeting, purchasing, personnel practices, and data processing services, but beyond those areas, in the general practice and conduct of their duties, they do not answer to the mayor.

Each department of the municipal government is headed by a director who is appointed by the mayor with the advice and consent of council. Each department head serves during the term of the mayor who appointed him/her and until the appointment and qualification of his successor. The mayor can remove any department head at any time. However, prior to removal, the mayor must file written notice to council of his/her intention. The removal becomes effective on the 20th day after the filing of the notice unless the council, within that time frame, passes a resolution by a 2/3 majority, disapproving the removal.

Department heads appoint subordinate officers and employees and may, with the approval of the mayor, remove these officers and employees. The only limitation on this power of removal is general law.

The appointment to boards, authorities or commissions vest in the mayor with the advice and consent of council unless the general law clearly requires a different procedure or appointment by resolution, in which case the appointment is made by council.

The department of administration functions much like a “chief of staff” under the mayor. The business administrator’s five enumerated duties under the direction of the mayor are to:
  • Assist in the preparation of the budget;
  • Administer a centralized purchasing system;
  • Be responsible for the development an administration of a sound personnel systems;
  • Perform other duties as council may prescribe;
(if provided by ordinance) the administrator, subject to the direction of the mayor, shall supervise the administration of each department established by ordinance; shall have the power to investigate the organization and operation of any and all departments; to prescribe standards and rules of all departments including practice and procedure. This shall extend only to matter of budgeting, personnel and purchasing.

Beyond assisting the mayor in the preparation of the budget and administering the purchasing and personnel systems, the mayor and council define the role of the business administrator and the scope of his/her authority.

The mayor exercises the executive power of the municipality and performs the following functions:

Executive functions of the mayor

  • Enforces the charter and ordinances of the municipality
  • Supervises all municipal departments
  • Fixes the amount of salary or wages paid to employees of the administrative departments subject to contractual obligations, within the general limits of the municipal budget
  • Supervises care and custody of municipal property
  • Can require reports from and investigate any municipal department, board, commission or agency
  • Appoints and removes department heads, subject to council approval
  • Appoints members to municipal boards, authorities or commission subject to council approval
  • Designates an acting mayor in times of illness or absence
Fiscal functions of the Mayor
  • Review, analyze and forecast trends of municipal services, programs and finances
  • Oversees the municipal budgeting, purchasing and personnel procedures
  • Prepares the municipal operating and capital budgets
Contractual functions of the Mayor
  • Negotiates contracts subject to council approval
  • Signs all contracts, bonds, and other instruments requiring the consent of the municipality
  • Sees that all contractual and franchise terms and conditions are kept and performed
Ministerial functions of the Mayor
  • Gives the annual "State of the Township" address
  • Serves as an ex-officio, nonvoting member of all appointive bodies of which he/she is not an official voting member
Legislative functions of the Mayor
  • Can attend council meetings and take part in council discussions
  • Can vote to break a tie on the question of filling a vacancy on the council
  • Can vote to break a tie on the question of filling a vacancy on the council
  • Can propose legislation
  • Can veto ordinances, subject to override by a 2/3 majority of the whole council
  • If the mayor takes no action on an ordinance (neither signs nor veto) within ten days of its submission by council, the measure becomes law as if he/she had signed it.

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Contact Information

Vicki DeMarco
Mayor's Administrative Assistant
(732) 721-5600 Ext. 2040

(732) 607-7901 
(732) 607-7957