Staunton continues to use the city manager form of government it pioneered in the early 20th century. Day-to-day operations are handled by the city manager, and the city council establishes laws and sets the tax levels.
Staunton’s current and 16th city manager is Steven L. Rosenberg, who was appointed by the city council in June 2019. Leslie M. Beauregard is the assistant city manager and has served since 2019.
Members of the Staunton City Council are elected to lead by City voters and serve four-year terms.