The Village of Hawthorn Woods is governed by the Board of Trustees, which act as the legislative and policy-making body. It includes the village mayor and six trustees who are elected at large from the village.
Day-to-day operations of the Hawthorn Woods government is in the hands of the full-time, salaried village staff. This professional staff of employees is joined by part-time seasonal employees as needed. The annual budget of the village is approximately $3.5 million.
There are nine committees established by the Village Code. The members of these committees act in an advisory capacity to the board on various issues. Each committee has a trustee liaison and generally meets once a month.