Pekin is administered by a Council-Manager form of government, with a seven-person City Council. The council consists of a Mayor, elected at large to a four-year term, and six Council Members elected at large to four-year terms.

An appointed City Manager oversees the day-to-day operations of city government. City Hall is located at 111 S Capitol St, in the heart of downtown Pekin.

Tony Carson is the City Manager and may be contacted using the "Ask the City Manager" Web Form or by calling City Hall.

City Manager Tony CarsonMr. Carson earned his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Valdosta State University and his Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State. He has more than eleven years in service as municipal and county administrators and eighteen years of municipal experience working in Delaware, Maryland and Ohio and is an ICMA (International City/County Managers Association) Credentialed Manager.

Mr. Carson previously worked at the City of Painesville, Ohio, population 19,563, as their City Manager and served as the Administrator for the Town of Berlin, Maryland and Town Manager of Fenwick Island, Delaware. He also served as the County Administrator as well as Director of Purchasing and Deputy Auditor/Appraiser for Trumbull County, Ohio. In addition, he has been a successful business owner and therefore, brings a combination of public and private experiences to the City of Pekin.