Salt Municipality

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Municipality of Salt
بلدية السلط
Baladiyah Assalt transcription(s)
Skyline of Municipality of Salt
Named for The city of Salt
Seat Mayor
 • Greater As-Salt 72 km2 (28 sq mi)
Elevation[1] 900 m (2,900 ft)
Population (2003)
 • Greater As-Salt 200,400

The Municipality of Salt is a municipality that covers the area in and around Salt, Jordan, 28 kilometres (17 mi)[2] northwest of Amman.


The name Salt probably comes from the Latin word saltus which means valley of trees or thick forest as there are many trees in the area.[2][dead link] It could have also come from the Saranac[dubious ] salta meaning hard stone.[2][dead link]


Salt's first municipality was established in 1887.[2][dead link] Fayad Afandi Al-Suboh was the appointed the head of the municipality in the same year.[3] At the time, the municipality was responsible for organizing roads and lighting, collecting taxes and tuition, water sanitation and facilities for both men and women, charging fines, etc.[2][dead link] Many of these duties are still carried out today. In 1933 Salt became the first town in Jordan to open a school to all denominations of people.[2][dead link] In 1938, the area suffered an earthquake, causing the destruction of many homes and buildings. But the Municipality soon took the lead on reconstruction initiatives.[2][dead link] But population of Salt declined 30% between 1922 and 1938.[4] Expansions over time have caused the Municipality to reconsider its defined territory, and the list of cities and towns has come to include Al Salt, Rai, Um Juzah, Wadi al Hura, Bazbadiya, Yaraqa, Ibra, Alan, and Rmemeen,[2][dead link] many of which were already included, and many of which were new additions dated beck to 2001.[2][dead link] The current mayor of Salt Municipality is Slameh Hiyari who was elected in 2007 after the former mayor Maher Abu Essamen (1999–2007).

Government and administrative blocks[edit]

Salameh Hiyari is the current president of the Municipality of Salt.[3] The administration of Salt is divided into the following categories:

Management Unit of Salt Center Development Projects[edit]

The first manager of this unit is Montaser Hiyari "Architect". The unit was founded in 2005 to manage and supervise development projects inside the city center.

The "Diwan"[edit]

The "Diwan" is responsible for managing requests made of the Municipality and keeping record of the tasks carried out by other administrative blocks.[3]

Planning and Organization[edit]

Planning and Organization division is in charge of communication.[3]

Services and Engineering Works[edit]

Services and Engineering Works maintains roads and buildings. It opens, closes, and builds new roads.[3]

Studies and Development[edit]

Studies and Development prepares the designs and studies projects that the city is working on, trains new staff, and studies geographical features of the area.[3]


The Financial division handles all of the city's financial affairs such as incomes, revenues, expenses, and budgeting.[3]

Environment and Health[edit]

Environment and Health division works on improving health care services provided by the municipality. Apart from a medical facility, it manages the control of pests, and surveys public health.[3]


The Libraries division handles the municipality's 14,000 volume library.[5]

Media and Public Relations[edit]

All parties, events, and publications put out by the municipality are organized by the Media and Public Relations division. It also supplies reports and other media to local publications and newspapers.[3]


The Storage division handles all spending and organizes data.[3]


The Legal division is responsible for all legal matters with citizens and manages bills paid by citizens.[2][dead link]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jordan:History, Geography, Government, and Culture". Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j " - Local Community Multi-Media Information Portal". Archived from the original on March 13, 2005. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Welcome to website". Retrieved 2008-05-12. 
  4. ^ Old Houses of Jordan. TURAB 1997. 
  5. ^ "Libraries". Municipality of Salt. Retrieved 2008-05-12. 

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