Operating under the council-manager form of government, Lower Merion Township is governed by a 14-member Board of Commissioners.
Members are elected by ward to serve overlapping terms of four years. The Board of Commissioners is the legislative body responsible for the overall policies and direction of the Township, enacting ordinances and resolutions within the guidelines of the First Class Township Code.
The Township's 2017 proposed general fund budget and 5-year Capital Improvement Program can be found here. The Township organization has 12 departments, all headed by experienced career professionals selected by the Township Manager strictly on the basis of merit and ability to perform the required responsibilities.
These departments provide an extensive array of services to Township residents including:
- Police and fire protection
- Refuse and recycling collection and disposal
- Parks and park maintenance
- Recreation activities
- Building and planning services
- Community development programs
- Parking services
- Public works services
- Public Information and media services
- Access to six Public Libraries
- And more