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Winchester Police Chief to Retire Effective April 30

Mar 13, 2017

Winchester Police Chief, Kevin Sanzenbacher, has announced his retirement effective April 30, 2017. The City will soon begin a national search and will hold public input meetings to solicit feedback about the characteristics the community wants in its next police chief.

Chief Sanzenbacher began his service with the City of Winchester in November 2008 after serving in various public safety leadership positions in Maryland with the last as Director of Investigative Programs in Montgomery County.  His salary is $118.123.20.

Change Clocks and Smoke Alarm Batteries Too

Mar 07, 2017

Winchester Fire and Rescue encourages the community to get into the habit of changing smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries during daylight savings time.  It’s a simple and worthwhile habit to start.  When you set your clocks forward one hour Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 am, remember to also change the batteries in these life saving devices.

Second Annual Old Town St. Paddy’s Celtic Fest

Mar 07, 2017

Celebrate the community’s Irish and Scottish heritage at the second annual St. Paddy’s Celtic Festival on Saturday, March 11 from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm.  This FREE festival will take place inside Old Town businesses and along the Loudoun Street Mall (weather permitting).

City appoints new Development Services Director

Feb 28, 2017

Following an extensive search resulting in 83 applications, Winchester City Manager, Eden Freeman, has selected Shawn Hershberger of Cumberland, Maryland as the City’s new Development Services Director. Shawn currently serves as the Executive Director of the Cumberland Economic Development Corporation.

Why are city street signs different colors?

Feb 23, 2017

Streets that have signs with white lettering on green background are public streets while streets that have signs with green lettering on white background are private streets. Black signs with white lettering signify streets within the Winchester historic district.

Sheriff Schedules Public Information Open House on Body-Worn Cameras

Feb 17, 2017

On March 6, the Winchester Sheriff’s Office will hold a public information open house from 4:30-6:00 pm at the Joint Judicial Center (5 North Kent Street, Courtroom 3D) to address questions or concerns regarding the Office’s draft body-worn camera policy.   

City to celebrate Charles B. Rouss on February 10

Feb 02, 2017

The City will once again honor one of Winchester’s most generous citizens, Charles Broadway Rouss, on February 10 (one day before his birthday) with its annual Rouss Day celebration.

Old Town Farmers Market seeks local vendors and volunteers

Jan 30, 2017

The City of Winchester is now accepting vendor applications for the third season of the Old Town Farmers Market. The 2017 Farmers Market will be held on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, May 13-September 30 at the Taylor Pavilion located between the Loudoun Street Mall and Braddock Autopark. The 2016 Farmers Market hosted 15 vendors and had an average of over 1,000 people visit on Saturdays during the summer.

Current Leaf and Yard Waste Collection Services to End Soon

Jan 19, 2017

Both rounds of the City’s curbside leaf collection program have been completed for this season.  Residents and businesses that still have a leaf pile can call Public Works at (540) 667-1815 before January 31 to schedule a collection. This special collection service is only available until January 31.