The Town of Edwards is a mayor-board of aldermen (also known as the “code charter”) form of government. Four residents are elected from Ward I, Ward II, Ward III and Ward IV and one resident is elected at-large. The Mayor and Aldermen serve 4-year terms. The Mayor, who serves part time, presides over all meetings of the Board and is recognized as the head of the Town for ceremonial purposes. The Town was incorporated in 1871.