The City of Las Cruces is a home-rule city governed by its charter and has a council-manager form of government. The City Council is the city's governing body, with the mayor as its presiding officer. The City Council is responsible for setting policy and adopting ordinances and resolutions; approving the city budget; appointing members to boards and commissions; and hiring the City Manager.
The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and is responsible for carrying out the policies and ordinances of the City Council, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization, and appointing department heads.
The City of Las Cruces has a variety of departments that provide services to residents, businesses, and visitors. These departments include: Administration, Community Development, Economic Development, Finance, Fire, Human Resources, Legal, Information Technology, Police, Fire, Public Works, Quality of Life, and Utilities.