The Village of St. Charles is a General Law Village governed under the council-manager form of government by a seven-member council which includes six Council Members and a Village President. Council members are elected at-large for four-year terms and the president is elected at-large for a term of two years. The Village Council appoints a Village Manager as its Chief Administrative Officer who is charged with managing the day-to-day operations of the government.
Village administrative staff consists of a Village Manager, Village Clerk and Village Treasurer. Public Works staff includes a Superintendent, and three full-time Crewmen.
The Police Department includes a full-time Chief, 2 full-time police officers and 4 part-time officers.
The Village also employs contract and part-time staff who provide services such as janitorial and building inspections services.
The VIllage of St. Charles is:
“Villages in Michigan are organized primarily to establish local regulatory ordinances and to provide local services such as fire and police protection, public works, and utilities.”- Michigan Municipal League, General Law Village Handbook