Hanford is governed by the council-manager form of government. The city council sets policy for the city and appoints a city manager to oversee day-to-day operations.
Hanford's city manager is responsible for the overall administrative direction of the city. This includes the quarterly review of all management performance plans to ensure that major goals and objectives of the city are achieved.
The city manager is also responsible for the development and implementation of the annual budget and the development of positive relationships with community organizations, employee groups, and other governmental agencies.