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.