Although differing widely in population and geographic size, White Bear Lake, Birchwood Village, Dellwood, Hugo, Mahtomedi, Vadnais Heights, and Willernie all operate under a mayor-council form of government. A three-member board of supervisors governs White Bear Township.
Emergency help is quickly accessed by dialing 911.
Fire protection is provided by five fire departments. The Mahtomedi Fire Department serves Mahtomedi, Willernie, and portions of Grant. A 43-person volunteer force serves Vadnais Heights. The Lake Johanna Volunteer Fire Department takes care of homes and folks in North Oaks. The White Bear Lake Fire Department serves White Bear Lake, White Bear Township, Dellwood, Birchwood, and Gem Lake. Residents of Hugo call on the Hugo Fire Department.
The White Bear Lake Police Department patrols and enforces the law in the City of White Bear Lake and Birchwood Village. The Washington County Sheriff's Department serves and protects in Mahtomedi, Dellwood, Hugo, and Willernie.
In Vadnais Heights, Gem Lake, North Oaks, and White Bear Township police services are provided through a contract with the Ramsey County Sheriff's Department.
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