The Village of Briarcliff Manor operates under a Council-Manager form of government. Under this type of government, the elected Board of Trustees appoints a professional Village Manager to oversee the day-to-day administration of municipal government and implement policies established by the Board. In Briarcliff Manor, the position of Village Manager was created in 1974.
By law, the Village Manager appoints most Village employees. The Manager also acts as the Village's Personnel Officer, works in conjunction with the Village Clerk to prepare agendas for the Board of Trustees and Planning Board, executes all local laws, acts as purchasing agent, and oversees all departments of the Village government. The Village Manager is also assigned other responsibilities, such as the promulgation of parking and traffic control regulations.