Cottage Grove operates under a council-administrator form of government, in which Village Board members are elected by the residents to set policy and give direction to village staff.

The Village Board selects the Village Administrator to implement policy and oversee all village operations according to the village's mission, vision, and values. The Village of Cottage Grove employs approximately 39 people driven by core values of exceptional respect, innovation, excellence, integrity & celebration.

Primary Units & Key Functions

The Administration Department serves as the hub for Village government administrative, communications, and personnel-related operations. The Administrative Department strives effectively and efficiently to other department personnel, residents, appointed and elected officials, and the general public. 

  • Communications -  oversees village communications, disseminating timely information about village services and programs to the public, businesses, media, employees other stakeholders.  
  • Community Development - Partners with the Planning and Development Department on Economic and Community development projects. 
  • Financial Planning - Partners with the Finance Department on budget management and development and the Financial Management Plan.
  • Personnel Management - The Village Administrator is the Director of Personnel.