Policy-making and legislative authority are vested in the Cary Park District Board of Commissioners, which consists of five Commissioners. The Board is elected on a nonpartisan, at large basis. Commissioners are elected to staggered six-year terms. This governing body is responsible, among other things, for passing ordinances, adopting the budget, appointing committees, and hiring the Park District Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible for carrying out the policies and ordinances of the Board, for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Park District, and for hiring qualified and professional employees.