The Borough of Scottdale is governed by eight council members and a mayor who are elected by the voters. The Borough is divided into four wards with each ward represented by two members of council. Council members are elected for four years and serve staggered terms so that at no time is a completely new inexperienced council elected. Council is comprised of three standing committees, which include Public Services, Protection and General Government. Council members are vested with the executive and legislative power of the Borough. They determine municipal policy, enact laws, establish the budget, pay bills, establish tax rates, execute contracts, appoint borough officials, etc.
The Mayor attends and participates in all meetings, but votes only in case of a tie. In addition, the Mayor is granted specific powers relating to emergency management and preserving the public peace.