A Municipal Government

About Our Government

The City of Newark’s council-manager, nonpartisan government operates under a home rule charter. A home rule charter provides self-governance in local matters that do not conflict with state or federal law.

The city manager, who is appointed by the mayor and council, is responsible for the day-to-day operation of city departments.

City Council Members & Schedule

Newark City Council is comprised of six council members and a mayor, each of whom has one vote. Six council members, elected from separate districts, serve staggered two-year terms. The mayor, elected at-large, serves a three-year term.

The City Council meets every second, third and fourth Monday of the month at 7 pm in the council chamber of the Municipal Building, with breaks for elections and holidays.


The City of Newark provides a wide range of well managed, cost-effective services including:

  • Building Inspection
  • Code Enforcement
  • Electric Distribution
  • Land Use Regulation
  • Police Protection
  • Recreation Programming
  • Refuse Collection
  • Snow Removal
  • Street Maintenance
  • Wastewater Collection
  • Water Production and Distribution

Our Mission

The City of Newark’s mission is to provide well-managed and cost-effective services to our customers, both internal and external, with an emphasis on quality, value, and responsibility.

Our Goals

Consistent with the city’s mission are five operational goals that provide direction for the city’s policies and procedures:

  • To provide equal access of services, programs, and activities to all citizens
  • To maintain an adequate level of growth in the financial base and maintain the current level of services
  • To preserve the city’s quality of life with a focus on enhancing the physical appearance of the city
  • To maintain controlled growth and compatible land use development patterns
  • To maintain and recruit a diverse, qualified, and professional work force that will uphold our commitment to service excellence

Our Values

Home to the University of Delaware and founded by Scottish-Irish and Welsh settlers in 1694, the City of Newark has long been recognized as a diverse, inclusive community. Its residents, businesses and government are focused on caring for others, communicating openly, continually learning, and cultivating innovation. We want all who work, live and visit to feel welcome and valued. The various cultures, beliefs and traditions of our neighbors and visitors are among the greatest qualities Newark has to offer, ensuring it has and will continue to be a welcoming city for all who come here.