The Town of Clifton is organized under the Council/Manager form of government. The Town Council is the governing body, which formulates policies for the administration of the Town. Members of the Town Council are elected for four-year terms, with the Mayor being selected by the elected Council members for a two-year term. 

The Town Manager is appointed by the Town Council and works with the Town's professional staff to direct Town operations. The Town Manager facilitates completion of Town Council priorities and encourages the entire workforce to provide superior service to all constituents: residents, visitors and businesses.