The City of Forest City has a mayor-council form of government with an appointed city administrator. The mayor is elected every four years and the seven council members serve four year staggered terms. Five council members represent individual wards and two council members serve as at large representatives.
The city council appoints the city attorney, and the city administrator. The city administrator appoints the city departments heads with council approval.
Forest City is served by the following boards and commissions:
Airport Zoning Commission
Library Board of Trustees
Parks & Recreation Board
Planning & Zoning Commission
Zoning Board of Adjustment
Historic Preservation Commission
Cable TV Committee
Cemetery Board of Trustees.
The City has 43 full-time employees and 54 part-time/seasonal employees.