The town council is elected by its citizens and according to the Saxon municipal code, it is the "main Body" of the city. The Lord Mayor plays an important role in municipal life, too. In his position as Lord Mayor he combines three functions. Firstly, he is the chairman of the city council eligible to vote in all committees. Secondly, he is the head of public administration. Thirdly, he is the representative and the legal representative of the city of Meißen.
On September 19, 2004 Meißen citizens elected Olaf Raschke as Lord Mayor. On October 27, 2004 he was sworn into his office as the Lord Mayor of Meißen by the town councilor Heinz Gleisberg. He took up office on October 28, 2004.
In September 2011, Olaf Raschke was reelected into his office, winning the elections with a remarkable victory. He was reelected with 81.1 percent of the votes, i.e. more than two thirds of the electors passed a vote of confidence in the holder of the office for another seven years.