The City of Happy Valley is governed by the Happy Valley City Council, which is comprised of three City councilors, one Council president, and the mayor. All councilors and the mayor serve four-year terms and are elected by the voters of the City of Happy Valley in the general election in November.
Terms are staggered so that term expiration occurs every two years. This assures that the City has at least two experienced Council members at all times. The Happy Valley City Council serves the City on a voluntary basis, and dedicates a considerable amount of time in their involvement not only at Council meetings but also as representatives of the City in regional and statewide capacities.