About Bridgeton, New Jersey

Our Mission

The city government, aside from the power and authority normally associated with a municipality; is the unit of government nearest to the people. That means we are closely connected to the lives of those who live, work, and visit our community; therefore we remain focused on several key objectives:

  • To provide services in the most cost-effective and efficient way
  • To invest in and improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods
  • To nurture and promote a vibrant business and commercial sector
  • To protect and promote our natural, historic, and cultural assets
  • To provide good stewardship of all public resources
  • To serve our constituents in a respectful and dignified manner

Our Vision

Bridgeton envisions its historic parkland and the Cohansey River as the core catalysts for a realizable future as a small, revitalized community with outstanding natural and social amenities, with opportunities for entrepreneurs and with citizens proud of their city on the Cohansey.

The Visioning Statement represents the work of City officials and citizens to picture their city as it might be in the coming decades.  Those participating in the process strove to find the right balance between the present and the future. The Vision Statement proposed here is grounded in practical, achievable actions.  It is not all encompassing in terms of the challenges which face our community. Those issues, and their many companions, are dealt with in the Master Plan and those interested in exploring these topics in detail are encouraged to read the City's Master Plan.

Our Vision for the Year

" Government is

by the people, for the people, and of the people."

Bridgeton's Mayor and City Council

Honorable Mayor Albert B. Kelly

Council President Gladys Lugardo-Hemple

William D. Spence

Jack Surrency

Dennis Thompson

Michael D. Zapolski, Sr.

General Roles of the City Council

  • Exercises legislative, investigatory, & fiscal control over the municipality (§ 3-4)
  • Approves appointments of department heads, and members (& alternates) to the Planning & Zoning Boards
  • Approves removal of department heads by 2/3 vote of all members
  • Appoints Municipal Port Authority members (§ 48-3)
  • May override Mayor's veto by 2/3 of all members
  • Council Members are all "at-large" and elected for a term of 4 years
  • City Council meetings and work sessions are held the first and third Tuesdays of each month unless otherwise indicated (please see calendar)
  • City Council work sessions begin at 5:30pm
  • City Council meetings begin at 6:30pm
  • City Council meetings and work sessions are held in the Bridgeton Municipal Court & Police Complex, 331 Fayette Street
  • Questions concerning meeting times or agenda items should be directed to the Office of the City Clerk, Attention Darlene J. Richmond, Municipal Clerk, City Hall Annex, 181 E. Commerce Street, Bridgeton, NJ 08302   Phone: (856) 455-3230 ext. 227.

     

How We Work?

The City of Bridgeton is governed by the Faulkner Act system of municipal government under "Mayor-Council plan A", as implemented on July 1, 1970, based on the recommendations of a Charter Study Commission. Under this structure, voters elect a Mayor and five City Council members. In Bridgeton, Council members are elected "at-large" in non-partisan elections and serve four-year concurrent terms. The Council elects one of its own members to serve as Council President

As the chief executive of the city, the Mayor exercises executive power of the municipality and appoints department heads with Council approval. The Mayor may remove department heads subject to Council disapproval by ⅔ of all members, prepares the budget. The Mayor also has veto over ordinances subject to override by ⅔ of all members of Council.

The Mayor exercises executive power of the municipality. Up to 10 departments may be created under the Mayor's direction. A Business Administrator assists the Mayor in budget preparation and administers municipal purchasing and personnel matters. By ordinance, the Business Administrator may supervise administration of departments, subject to Mayor's direction.

In the day-to-day operations of the municipality, the Mayor is supported by the Business Administrator and various department and division heads overseeing a number of departments. Beyond the daily framework of the City government itself, other portions of the people's business is carried out through several boards, commissions, and committees appointed by the mayor and/or City Council; all of which are subject to the public notice and public meeting requirements governing these decision-making bodies.