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Form of Government
There are 566 municipalities in New Jersey, and Highland Park is one of 222 borough forms of government in the state.

It has a Mayor and Council form of government in which the Mayor and Borough Council have separate executive and legislative powers. This provides a system of checks and balances by avoiding a large concentration of power in either the Council or the Office of Mayor. The Mayor votes only in case of a tie.

The municipal governing body is empowered to:
  • Acquire and dispose of property
  • Make contracts
  • Provide for the general health, safety, and welfare of its citizens
  • Tax and enact laws

Terms of all elected officers begin January 1 following their election. The Mayor serves for four years and the six Council Members serve three-year staggered terms.


Please note: Meeting schedules may vary during the months of May through August.

Regular and special meetings of Council are open to the public with public participation. Agenda meetings precede and conference meetings follow regular meetings.

Proceedings at all meetings are conducted in accordance with Rules of Order, which are adopted by resolution of the Council at the January meeting. The attorney is ex-officio parliamentarian and gives his opinion on questions of procedure at the request of members of the Council. Regular Council meetings are televised on HPTV Cable (check local listings).

221 S. Fifth Avenue
Highland Park, NJ 08904
Ph: (732) 572-3400