Old Bridge Township

Middlesex County, NJ

1 Old Bridge Plaza, Old Bridge, NJ 08857
Phone: 732-721-5600     Fax: 732-607-7900

Office of the Mayor

Mayor Owen Henry was sworn into office on January 1, 2012.


The Mayor exercises the executive power of the municipality and performs the following functions:

Executive functions of the mayor
  • Enforces the charter and ordinances of the municipality
  • Supervises all municipal departments
  • Fixes the amount of salary or wages paid to employees of the administrative departments subject to contractual obligations, within the general limits of the municipal budget
  • Supervises care and custody of municipal property
  • Can require reports from and investigate any municipal department, board, commission or agency
  • Appoints and removes department heads, subject to council approval
  • Appoints members to municipal boards, authorities or commission subject to council approval
  • Designates an acting mayor in times of illness or absence
Fiscal functions of the Mayor
  • Review, analyze and forecast trends of municipal services, programs and finances
  • Oversees the municipal budgeting, purchasing and personnel procedures
  • Prepares the municipal operating and capital budgets
Contractual functions of the Mayor
  • Negotiates contracts subject to council approval
  • Signs all contracts, bonds, and other instruments requiring the consent of the municipality
  • Sees that all contractual and franchise terms and conditions are kept and performed
Ministerial functions of the Mayor
  • Gives the annual State of the Township address
  • Serves as an ex-officio, nonvoting member of all appointive bodies of which he/she is not an official voting member
Legislative functions of the Mayor
  • Can attend council meetings and take part in council discussions
  • Can vote to break a tie on the question of filling a vacancy on the council
  • Can propose legislation
  • Can veto ordinances, subject to override by a 2/3 majority of the whole council
  • If the mayor takes no action on an ordinance (neither signs nor veto) within ten days of its submission by council, the measure becomes law as if he/she had signed it.

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Contact Information

To make an appointment with the Mayor, please contact the Mayor's Assistant.

Katherine Polanco 
Mayor's Administrative Assistant

Phone: (732) 721-5600, Ext. 2040 

Fax: (732) 607-7957