The City of Windsor Heights operates under a home rule charter that establishes a mayor-council form of government. The Mayor is the chief executive officer of the city and is responsible for policy administration, with the assistance of an appointed professional administrator – the city administrator. The hybrid form of government combines the strong policy leadership of elected officials with the professional expertise of an appointed chief administrative officer.
As the professional manager of the city's daily operations, the city administrator carries out the policies that are made by the mayor and council and directs and coordinates the work of all city departments. The primary responsibility of the city administrator is to implement the policies of the elected City Council.
Additionally, a City Administrator keeps the Mayor and Council advised of the financial condition of the city; supervising the preparation of the annual budget, city employees, making personnel recommendations, managing City Council agendas and coordinating strategic planning efforts, coordinating purchases and projects, communicating and collaborating with governments, and providing overall direction and guidance to the organization.