The change of government is approved by the voters at the 2022 General Election. The first municipal election will be held on May 9, 2023, and the new Mayor and Council members will be installed on July 1, 2023. The voters of the Red Bank approved a change to Red Bank’s form of government from the Borough form to the Council-Manager form under the Optional Municipal Charter Law, commonly known as the Faulkner Act.
The Council will exercise legislative powers and set municipal policy for Red Bank. The Council shall appoint a Municipal Manager, who will exercise all executive and administrative powers. The Municipal Manager shall serve at the will of the Council, subject to removal by a simple majority vote.
The Mayor will be directly elected by the voters for a term of four (4) years. The remainder of the Council members will be elected for staggered terms of four (4) years each. In order to initiate staggered terms, four (4) of the council members elected under the new form of government shall serve for only two (2) years, to be determined by lot at the organization meeting of the first Council. The remaining two (2) Council members and Mayor would serve an initial four (4) year term, with a municipal election held every two (2) years.
The council shall be elected at large through non-partisan elections held on the second Tuesday in May. If a sufficient number of candidates for mayor and/or council fail to attain a majority of votes, a potential runoff election for that office would be held in June. After the new Council is installed, it may choose to move subsequent non-partisan elections to the day of the general election in November, with potential runoff elections in December.