our town government

In 1972, Mount Olive adopted a Mayor-Council Form of Government under the Faulkner Act. Both the Mayor & Council are elected at large.

Our Mayor

The Mayor is elected every four years and earns a $20,000 annual salary. The Mayor:

  • Exercises executive power of the municipality,
  • Appoints department heads with Council approval.
  • Removes department heads subject to Council disapproval by 2/3 of all members.
  • Prepares budget.
  • Has veto over ordinances subject to override by 2/3 of all members of Council. 

Our Town Council

Town Council members serve four year staggered terms and earn an annual salary of $10,000 while the Council President makes $11,000. Town Council Meetings are held on two Tuesdays a month at 7PM. Town Council:

  • Exercises legislative power of municipality
  • Approves appointment of department heads.
  • Disapproves removal of department heads by 2/3 vote of all members.
  • Overrides Mayor’s veto  by 2/3 of all members. 
  • The tentative budget is prepared by the mayor, who submits it to the council for approval. The council may reduce items in the mayor’s budget by a simple majority, but may increase items only by a two-thirds majority.
  • Appoint members of Board of Health, Open Space Advisory Board and provide advise and consent for Mayoral appointments on other Committees and Boards.
  • Serve as liaisons to committees in order to seamlessly blend the role of municipal government with the roles of its volunteers.
  • Appear at town events to represent the town
  • Listen to the residents and voice their concerns as they are brought to them

Find out More About Local Government

Sustainable NJ

League of Municipalities

Mount Olive Town Council Webpage

Association of New Jersey Environmental Commission

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