The Mayor of the City of Absecon is elected at-large to a four-year term. He is responsible for the operation of Absecon municipal government. The Mayor appoints, with the advice and consent of council, all subordinate officers of the municipality. The Mayor participates in the deliberations of Council but votes only in the case of a tie vote among its members.. He can veto ordinances subject to override by 2/3 majority of Council.
The police department reports to the Mayor and he appoints the police chief, captains and sergeants with Council approval.
Mayor John Armstrong took office in January 2013 and will serve a four year term. He is a retired attorney, having previously served as Atlantic County Counsel, Atlantic County Administrator, Vice-President and General Counsel of the Atlantic County Utilities Authority, first volunteer Executive Director of the Atlantic City Special Improvement District, attorney for the City of Brigantine and the Atlantic City Planning Board, in addition to service as counsel to many other public bodies. He left the practice of law in 2007 to become an English teacher and rugby coach at St. Augustine Prep. He taught there for four years before taking on his mayoral duties. Mr. Armstrong has lived in Absecon since 1985 along with his wife, Judge Valerie Armstrong (retired). Their son, Rob, is a graduate of Absecon schools.