Washburn operates under the Council-Manager
form of government. The Town Council is the legislative body of
the town and is empowered by the charter to make town policy.
The positions are filled by elections from two local political
factions, the Law Enforcement Party and the Citizen's Party. Candidates
from these two parties are chosen by a public caucus, where persons
can be nominated, then voted upon, for any available position
coming up for election. At election time the qualified registered
voters are given the opportunity to vote on the candidates.
The full board consists of Mayor, Clerk, Treasurer
and six (6) trustees, and members of the board are assigned to
eight (8) standing committees. These committees generally hold
an open meeting once a month and report to the full board at the
regular meeting. The full board considers the reports of
each committee and votes on the recommendations.
Community members with concerns, comments or
interest can attend all committee meetings and address their purpose,
and also attend the monthly board meetings. Agenda for all board
meetings are posted outside the Village Hall, inside the post
office and Washburn Community Bank, as well as, online at least
48 hours in advance of the meeting time and date.