The Shelton City Council is composed of seven individuals responsible for policymaking in the City. The City of Shelton operates under the Council-Manager form of government. Councilmembers are elected citywide to a four-year term.
The City Manager is responsible for daily operations and management of city departments and business. They ensure that the appropriate department carries out the City Council's goals, policies, and directives. The City Manager's office also contains the City Clerk, Administrative Support Assistant, and Communications Specialist.
The Shelton Municipal Court is an independent branch of government, located on the first floor of the Civic Center. They are constitutionally entrusted with the fair and just resolution of disputes to preserve the rule of law and protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States, Washington state, and the City of Shelton.
The City of Shelton contains eight departments, each responsible for various essential functions of City government: Administrative Services, Community and Economic Development, Customer Service, Finance, Fire, Parks and Recreation, Police, and Public Works.