Red Bank Charter Study Commission

With 70% in favor, Red Bank voters approved the formation of the Red Bank Charter Study Commission.

In accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:69A-7, the Commission will study the form of government, to compare it with other available forms under the laws of this State, to determine whether or not in its judgment the local government could be strengthened, made more clearly responsive or accountable to the people or whether its operation could be more economical or efficient, under a changed form of government.

Please note: the Charter Study has no bearing on, or affiliation with the Red Bank Charter School.

We would like to hear from you!

The Charter Study Commission is holding a second public forum for input and feedback regarding Alternative Forms of Government available to Red Bank on Wednesday May 4th.

Residents are invited to speak with the Commissioners on the recent presentations by Ed Sasdelli, State Technical Advisor DCA and Professor Julia Sass-Rubin.

Review our questionnaire about the alternative forms of government to help with your participation.

Join us May 17th, where we will have discussions with elected officials from municipalities with the alternative forms of government under consideration.

Red Bank Alternate Forms of Gov't.pdf

Edward Sasdelli Presentation

County Line Presentation -JS Rubin.pdf

Julia Sass-Rubin presentation

A Once in a Generation Question

The Charter Study allows for Red Bank to do a deep dive into its current form of government and to make an informed decision on what changes may be needed to improve our municipal government.

The Charter Study Commission meets the 1st Wednesdays and the 3rd Tuesdays via Zoom at 6:30PM

All meetings are open to the public and are live-streamed on the Charter Study Facebook Page and uploaded to our YouTube channel.


Watch our latest meeting

the Charter Study road map

Red Bank's Current Form of Government

Red Bank is governed by a form of local government called a Borough form.

The Borough form is often referred to as a "weak mayor-strong council" form. The mayor retains all general law authority, presides over council meetings, and can vote in the case of a tie. The mayor appoints, with the advice and consent of council, all subordinate officers of the municipality. The council is the legislative body of the Borough. All executive responsibilities not placed in the office of the mayor by general law, or the Borough law remain with the council. A Borough may appoint an administrator and delegate all or a portion of the executive responsibilities to him/her. The council may also adopt an administrative code, prescribing how the council shall perform it duties.

The population of Red Bank has changed demographically in the last few decades. One area that can be studied and explored is whether it makes sense for a different form of government that allows more members in our governing body or not.

Another characteristic of the Borough form of local government is that the mayor is elected at-large to a four-year term. Six council members are elected at-large to staggered three-year terms. What this means is that we have a local election every year. This is not the case for other forms of local government where there might be one to three years between local elections.

The mayor and council are elected on an at-large basis. This means they do not represent a specific district. An option available under alternatives is to elect members of the Council by districts. That may or may not be desired depending on whether you think the districts' interests are being fairly represented.

A fifth characteristic of our current form of local government is that elections are held on a partisan basis. What this means is that we have two local elections every year - a primary election held in June and a general election held in November. Other forms of local government allow for elections on a nonpartisan basis and municipalities in Monmouth County have chosen to hold elections on a nonpartisan basis.