The City of Woodstock is governed by a Council/Manager form of government. Under this form of government, the City Council provides the primary policy-making role, and an appointed City Manager provides the primary executive role. It combines the strong political leadership of the elected Mayor and City Council with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager.
The City of Woodstock's government structure consists of a Mayor and six Council Members, each representing a different ward of the city. Each of the six wards are mapped following each 10-year census and have an equal number of city residents. Although each Council Member is elected to serve the ward they reside in, the Mayor and Council Members are elected to serve their four year term at-large.