Hilliard is governed by its city charter, which lays out guidelines for city officials, businesses and residents. The city charter is revisited every 10 years by a review commission that evaluates the charter relative to current events and recommends any potential revisions. This approach ensures a balance between stability and flexibility.
City council is composed of seven council members, each elected to a four-year term. A City Manager is selected by City council to oversee the departments.