The local government of Richmond manages many services for the community. Some of these services include:
- assisted planned growth
- maintenance and repair of all city streets, curbs, and sidewalks
- snow and ice removal
- trash removal, recycling program and landfill
- Richmond Police and Fire Departments
The City of Richmond government consists of nine, voter-elected, Common Council members who represent the six districts of Richmond plus three at-large members. Common Council forms the legislative body and is responsible for setting laws. The Council's members work closely with the mayor and city administration, ensuring taxpayer money is well spent.
The mayor of Richmond, elected by popular vote, oversees executive and administrative duties, city departments and local public services. The mayor appoints the departments heads who manage the 11 departments. Common Council and mayoral appointments hold a four-year term and can be re-elected indefinitely.
Richmond's current mayor is Sally L. Hutton.