The Mayor-Council Plan Under the Faulkner Act
The Mayor-Council plan of the Faulkner Act is a “strong mayor” form of government.
It is a “presidential” system of government, roughly modeled after the federal and state governments.
The Mayor-Council plan consists of 2 separate and coequal power centers, each directly elected by the people: the Mayor as Chief Executive, and the Council as the municipal legislature.
The Mayor-Council plan makes a virtue of the idea of divided and shared power. Neither Mayor nor Council has the absolute last word in all instances.
The system requires constant consultation between the Mayor and the Council; sometimes cooperating, sometimes competing and conflicting; always acting as a check and balance on the other.