The Township of Millburn is composed of both Millburn and Short Hills, which share the same municipal services, such as school system, police, public library and town government. Since its incorporation as a municipality by the State of New Jersey in 1857, Millburn Township has operated under the township committee form of government.
Voters elect the township committee’s five members to three-year staggered terms. The committee elects a chairman (who serves as mayor for a one-year term) and a vice chairman. The committee makes policy decisions that shape both the residential and business communities.
Day-to-day responsibility for township government rests with the municipal business administrator, who supervises municipal department heads and serves as liaison among the elected leadership, Township Committee and professional staff.
The Millburn Township Fire Department operates out of two stations, one in Millburn and one in Short Hills. The Millburn Police Department and the Millburn-Short Hills Volunteer First Aid Squad serve the entire community.
In an ongoing effort to communicate quickly and effectively with residents and businesses, the township can send and receive information such as road closures and potholes on Twitter via @MillburnTwp and share photos and videos about family activities and recreation on Instagram via “MillburnTwp.” In addition, the township has its own mobile app which serves as a resource for local attractions, city services, and recreation information. It also contains a calendar of events and a system for reporting city maintenance issues.