Since 1999, Penn Township has operated under what is commonly referred to as the council-manager form of government. In the council-manager form of government, the council is the governing body of the municipal entity, elected by the public, and the manager is hired by the council, based on his or her professional merits and qualifications, to carry out the policies established by the council. In Penn Township, the governing body is called the Board of Supervisors and the manager is called the Township Manager.
The Board of Supervisors provides legislative direction while the Township Manager is responsible for administering the day-to-day administrative operations of the Township consistent with the Board of Supervisors' policy decisions. The Township Manager serves as the Board of Supervisors' chief advisor and serves at the pleasure of the governing body. Established by ordinance, some of the primary duties of the Township Manager include:
Development and administration of the financial affairs of the Township;
Direction of the day-to-day operations through and with the assistance of the various departments; and
Responsibility for implementation of all Township personnel practices.