The City of Niles has a "Council-Manager" form of government which is the most widely used type of government in the State of Michigan for cities with over 10,000 people. The mayor and eight council members are elected by the voters. The Council appoints a professionally trained and experienced city administrator to manage the City on a daily basis.
The City Council's Mission Statement
" We are a diverse and unique community of forward-thinking people who believe in the equal opportunity of all our citizens to enjoy our special quality of life. It therefore is the mission of the Niles City Council to promote this equality, this diversity, and this uniqueness, through its policies and leadership."