The City of Manitowoc functions smoothly with a mayor/city council form of government, with a ten-member council. Comprehensive plan, city zoning and subdivision ordinances are in place. The Manitowoc City Council meets on the first and third Mondays of the month at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. (Manitowoc’s new City Hall is located at 900 Quay St.)

The municipal fire department had 49 full-time employees and the city has a Class 4 fire insurance rating. The police department employs 68 full-time police officers. City services also include industrial waste collection. There is a public bus system and Para transit system.

Manitowoc Public Utilities is a successful, municipally-owned utility, providing the most reliable electric distribution in the state of Wisconsin. Major improvements allow the utility to meet clean air standards and the energy needs of more than 15,000 customers.

One of the strengths of Manitowoc/Two Rivers is the focus on energy reliability. The City of Manitowoc’s water system was named “Best Tasting Water” in northeast Wisconsin in 1996. The state-of-the-art, automated water treatment plant produces quality water, though customer water rates remain very low. Pumping capacity of the system is 22 million gallons, with an average consumption of 9 million gallons daily. Manitowoc Public Utilities operates the electric-delivery system, which has a transmission voltage of 69KV. Wastewater treatment system from the City of Manitowoc has a design capacity of 15.5 million gallons per day. Natural gas is supplied by Wisconsin Fuel and Light Co.

The City of Two Rivers has a city manager/city council form of government with a nine-member council. The Two Rivers City Council meets on the first and third Mondays of the month at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers.

Two Rivers is protected by 20 full-time firefighters, with three other part-time employees in the department. Twenty-six full-time and two part-time police officers man the Two Rivers department, assisted by six employees responsible for clerical and other duties.

The Village of Mishicot is governed by a board consisting of village president and six trustees. The board meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, at 7 p.m. in Mishicot Village Hall.

Manitowoc County government has 25 members on the County Board of Supervisors. The Manitowoc County Board meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 7: 30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Room at the University of Wisconsin campus.