City of Burlington Government Departments
Government Departments Directory
For contact and other information for City Departments, please visit: Department Directory.
Organization and Operation of Municipal Goverment
Elected by City residents to four-year terms, the Mayor and City Council provide leadership and develop City legislation. Daily City operations are directed by the Administrator, who ensures that all City regulations, as adopted by the Mayor and City Council, are effectively applied. Reporting to the Mayor and Administrator are six Department Directors responsible for the supervision of over 100 City employees. For contact and other information for City Departments, please visit: Department Directory.
Form of Municipal Government
The City of Burlington operates in accordance with the Mayor-Council form of government, as authorized in the Optional Municipal Charter Law (NJSA 40:69A).As defined in NJSA40:3-1, “The term "governing body"... means the board or body having charge and control of the finances of the municipality...”The Common Council consists of seven (7) members: three at-large Councilpersons representing the entire City and one representing each of the four Voting Wards who shall serve for a term of four years. The Mayor is the chief executive of the municipality, while the legislative powers of the City are exercised by the Common Council. Municipal Court is the judiciary branch with localized territorial jurisdiction. Various boards, committees, departments and divisions administer other areas of the City’s government.