The Village of Burr Ridge operates under the council-manager form of government. Under this form, the elected governing body, the Board of Trustees is responsible for legislative functions such as establishing policy, passing local ordinances, and developing an overall vision. The Board appoints a professional manager to oversee the administrative operations, implement its policies, and advise it. The Village President, also referred to as the President or Mayor, is the chief executive officer of the Village, chairs the meetings of the Board of Trustees, and is the Liquor Commissioner. The Village Clerk maintains the official records of the Village, attests to the Village President's signature on documents; serves as Clerk to the Board of Trustees, and acts as deputy registrar of voters. In the absence of the Village Clerk, a Deputy Clerk is appointed to serve as an assistant and as a deputy registrar.
The Trustees and the Mayor are elected from the Village at large to serve four-year terms, and elections are held every two years. The Village Clerk receives an annual salary of $4,800/annually. The Mayor receives an annual salary of $6,000/year. Trustees receive an annual salary of $3,000/year.