Since 1969, Naperville has operated under a Council-Manager form of government. The Mayor and eight City Council members are responsible for establishing city policy and providing direction to the City Manager. Specific duties of the City Council include hiring the City Manager, setting the budget, approving expenditures, guiding land use, and adopting ordinances and resolutions. City officials are elected at-large and serve staggered four-year terms.
Citizens interested in contributing in government may apply to serve on a number of advisory boards and commissions. The purpose of these commissions is to assist the City Council in making policy decisions. Commission members are appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the City Council.
The City Manager is the professional chief administrator for all city operations and is appointed by the City Council. He is responsible for executing the policies established by the Naperville City Council. More than 1,000 employees work under the City Manager to provide city services and implement Council policies.