Durant is governed by a council-manager form of municipal government. The city manager is the administrative leader of the government and is appointed by the city council. The city's ceremonial head is the mayor, who is a voting member of the council with limited administrative power.

The current city manager is Tim Rundel. The mayor will be determined at the May Council meeting. The city is divided into four wards with members of the city council from each. There is also an at-large city council member.