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 council with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager.
The City of Woodstock's mayor is elected at large and runs at large while the City Council is divided into six wards but are also elected at large. Elections are held in odd numbered years.