The city of Rolling Meadows functions under a city/manager form of government. The mayor chairs the City Council, which is made up of seven aldermen who are elected to represent each of the city’s seven wards. As the city’s chief elected officer, the mayor serves as its top representative and as liquor commissioner. He also appoints individuals to serve on the city’s committees and commissions, with the approval of the aldermen.
The city operates several departments, including Community Development, the Finance Department, Public Works and Public Safety.
The Rolling Meadows Police Department has earned recognition from both the Illinois and the International Association of Chiefs of Police for its successful community policing and problem solving efforts. Full-time officers and civilian support employees enjoy a modern police facility, which contains a fully equipped exercise center and locker rooms, a pistol range and a spacious parking lot for its fleet of diverse vehicles.
The Rolling Meadows Fire Department is a team of highly trained specialists committed to providing the safest, quickest and most efficient response to requests for help. The department provides fire, rescue and emergency medical services to the citizens and visitors of the Rolling Meadows Community. It is an active member of the Illinois Mutual Aid Box Alarm System’s Division One and
provides advanced life support service in conjunction with the Northwest Community Emergency Medical Services System, Illinois Region IV.
In addition to municipal government, Rolling Meadows is home to the Cook County Third Municipal District Court House, a part of the vast Circuit Court of Cook County. This circuit stands as not only the largest of the state’s judicial circuits, but it is also one of the largest unified court systems worldwide.