ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP FORM OF GOVERNMENT
Mayor-Council Plan (NJSA 40:69A-31)
The Mayor-Council Plan also is known as the "Strong Mayor" form. It provides for the direct election of the mayor, who serves a four-year term. This form is designed for a mayor to be independent of council, in charge of the administration of the municipality.
The Mayor is the Chief Executive Officer of the Township
Under Robbinsville Township's nonpartisan Mayor-Council Form of Government, the Mayor exercises the executive powers of the municipality. Specific functions of the Mayor include enforcement of municipal ordinances, supervision of all municipal departments; supervision of municipal property and to appoint the directors of each department with the advice and consent of the Council. (Each director shall serve during the term of office of the Mayor and until the appointment and qualification of a successor).
The Mayor also maintains oversight of personnel and purchasing procedures, preparation of the municipal operating and capital budgets, and negotiation of contracts subject to Council approval. The Mayor serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of all appointive bodies of which he is not an official voting member. The Mayor also may attend Council meetings and take part in discussions, propose legislation and veto ordinances, subject to override by a two-thirds majority of the entire Council.
The Township Council is the Legislative Branch of the Government
The five members of the Township Council are elected on a non-partisan basis to four-year, staggered terms. The Council adopts the annual budget of the Township as well as salary ordinances for all department directors, Township employees, and salaries which are required by law to be fixed by ordinance. The Council relates to Township staff through the Mayor or designee (generally the Business Administrator).
For more detailed information on the Mayor and Council duties see the Township Codebook.