When Kill Devil Hills received its municipal charter from the North Carolina General Assembly on March 6, 1953 it was incorporated with only a mayor and four additional members of the Board of Commissioners. Today, there are still five members of the governing board; however, in the early 1980's the form of government was changed to council-manager. Policy making authority is vested in the governing board and among other things the board is responsible for establishing policy, adopting ordinances, adopting the Town's operating budget, appointing boards and committees, and appointing the Town Manager and Town Attorney.
The Town Manager is responsible for carrying out the policies and directives of the Board of Commissioners, for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Town, and for such other duties and responsibilities that may be conferred on the Town Manager by the Board.
The Town Attorney prosecutes and defends litigation matters, advises the Board of Commissioners and other officers of the Town in regard to matters connected with the Town's business, attends meetings of the Board of Commissioners, prepares deeds, contracts, bonds, notes and other legal papers as may be required, prepares and executes ordinances as may be directed.