The City of Cheyenne operates as a Mayor-Council form of government and is classified as a first class City pursuant to Wyoming Statutes. The Cheyenne City Council is composed of nine members elected on a non-partisan basis. Three Council persons are elected from each of the three wards established within the City and serve staggered four-year terms. At the first regularly scheduled meeting of each year, a president and vice president are elected from among Council members to serve a one-year term.
The Governing Body is comprised of all nine Council members and the Mayor, who is elected at-large for a four-year term. The Mayor is a full-time position.
The Governing Body serves as the City's legislative body, having responsibility including:
- Enacting ordinances
- Approving City growth and development
- Establishing rules and regulations
- Appropriating funds to conduct City business