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The City of Newark is located in Southern Alameda County at the east end of the Dumbarton Bridge, 30 miles south of Oakland, 15 miles north of San Jose, and on the edge of Silicon Valley. Newark was incorporated as a General Law City in 1955 and has a Council/Manager form ofgovernment. Newark’s population is approximately 49,149 with an encompassed area of approximately 13 square miles. Newark enjoys Bay Area benefits while maintaining a small-town atmosphere.
The City has evolved throughout the years from its days enriched in agriculture, manufacturing, and railroad transportation to today’s expansion of high-tech, biotech,and the health sciences, primarily as a result of the development of Silicon Valley. Although Newark has grownsignificantly, the community prides itself on being able tokeep a small, hometown charm.
Newark is currently in the midst of some very exciting projects, including new housing developments and the expansion of advanced manufacturing and biotech industries. Coupled with the growth occurring in the community, the City recently constructed a new Civic Center, including a City Hall, Library, and Police Station.The Police Department moved into the new state-of-the-art police facility, which supports Department staff in providing the best service to the community, in March of 2021.
The City of Newark operates as a General Law city, through a Council/Manager form of government that clearly distinguishes the legislative power of the City Council from the administrative powers of the City Manager.The Newark City Council is composed of five Council Members. Four of the Council Members are elected to staggered four-year terms; the Mayor, who also serves as the fifth Council Member, is directly elected to serve two-year terms. There is an election in November of even numbered years for the Mayor’s seat and two Council Member seats.The City of Newark is known for being a stable city supported by its City Council.The City of Newark is comprised of many different departments and divisions in order to meet the demands of a growing city. Though each department has a very specific role in the development of the City of Newark, they work in a collaborative effort to ensure that all residents, businesses, and visitors’ best interests are at the forefront of all actions and activities.
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