Established in 1842, the West Hanover Township Board of Supervisors is the elected governing body of the Township. Based on population, West Hanover Township is classified as a Second Class Township under PA local government statutes. In Pennsylvania, all Townships of the Second Class are governed and supervised by an elected Board of Supervisors. In accordance with the PA Second Class Township Code (the law that governs the activities of Townships), the West Hanover Township Board of Supervisors is charged with the general governance of the Township and the execution of legislation, executive and administrative powers in order to ensure the sound fiscal management of the Township and to secure the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the community.
The West Hanover Township Board of Supervisors has 5 members who are elected at large by Township voters. Each member of the Board of Supervisors is elected for a term of 6 years.