Hamtramck operates under a Council-Manager form of government which became effective with the adoption of the new City Charter, February, 2005.
The Mayor and City Council hire a City Manager, who is the city's chief administrative officer. The City Manager has the vested powers and responsibility to appoint and remove all city employees and department heads, prepare the city's budget, and other city functions as provided by in the City Charter.
The City Council consists of six seats, and Council Members serve 4-year terms. The Mayor is elected separately and also serves a 4-year term. The Mayor only votes on ordinances and in the case of a tie. The City Council elects its own Mayor Pro-Tem, who serves in the mayor's absence.