The Knysna Municipal Council makes decisions in terms of legislation, such as bylaws and policies, as well as in terms of executive functions such as operations, projects and issues of finance. The executive function within this municipality has been delegated to the Executive Mayor and the Mayoral Committee.

Councillor Mark Willemse is the executive and political leader of the Knysna Municipality.

The Speaker, Councillor Georlene Wolmarans, is the convenor of Council meetings. This office also oversees the workings of Ward Committees and Public Participation.

The Mayoral Committee is an extension of the office of the Executive Mayor and assists her in the execution of her  powers.

The Knysna Municipal Council is the political sphere of service delivery and final decision-making entity.