Government

Watch Council Meetings

Council meetings are now open for the public to attend in-person. New location: Jim Barnett Park Rec Center, 1001 E. Cork Street, Winchester, VA. Masks and social distancing required. Capacity is limited. 

Due to a change in location to meet social distancing requirements, City Council meetings will be streamed live on YouTube or Facebook. Afterwards, watch Council meetings on:

Public Comment Options - City Council Meetings

There are two options for addressing City Council at meetings during the public comment section or regarding a public hearing item on the agenda: 

Submit In Writing

Deadline: 8 am on the Monday prior to the Council meetings (2nd and 4th Tuesdays)

The online public comment form will be made available when the agenda is finalized and published (Friday before the meetings). All comments submitted will be provided to Council.

You can also email your comments to clerk@winchesterva.gov.

During Meeting

In addition to the online public comment form, community members can attend the meeting in-person. Please sign up to speak prior to the start of the meeting by entering your information on the sign up sheet. 

Questions About This Process?

Email clerk@winchesterva.gov or call (540) 667-1815, ext. 1502 or 1670.


About the City Government

The City is organized under the Council-Manager form of government. The governing body, the Common Council, is elected by voters under a ward system defined in Section Four of the Winchester City Charter. Two council members are elected from each of the four wards, and the Mayor is elected at large.

Council Meetings

The City of Winchester Council meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm in the Rouss City Hall Council Chambers (15 North Cameron Street, Winchester, VA  22601).

Work Sessions are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays immediately following the regular meetings.

Meeting agendas are posted on the City's website on the Thursday evening prior to each meeting. The public is welcome and citizen participation is encouraged. Watch the meetings on-demand on our agenda portal (Note: Watching live on the portal is not available when Council meets in-person outside of City Hall).

Special accommodations to attend the meeting can be arranged by calling Rouss City Hall at (540) 667-1815, ext. 1502 or (540) 722-0782 (TDD).

agendas and minutes

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Boards and Commissions

City Council relies on numerous boards, commissions and authorities to assist in the decision-making process. Members are knowledgeable volunteers and appointed by either City Council or the Circuit Court following a recommendation by City Council. City Boards and Commissions

Special accommodations to attend the meeting can be arranged by calling the board liaison (see Boards and Commissions link above) or (540) 722-0782 (TDD).

Click the button below for the City's meeting calendar for upcoming meetings and links to agendas.

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Community Meetings

Some councilors host community meetings to discuss topics and provide a forum for asking questions. Click here for the schedule and to submit topic ideas or questions.

City Departments

Click here for a list of City departments and staff contact information.


Our Mission Statement

To provide a safe, vibrant, sustainable community while striving to constantly improve the quality of life for our citizens and economic partners.

Vision 2028

Winchester in 2028 is a beautiful, vibrant city with a historic downtown, growing economy, great neighborhoods with a range of housing options and easy movement.

Strategic Planning

The City utilizes the strategic planning process to study and endorse broad issues of organizational direction and propose direct tasks that will be implemented in the City's pursuance of the strategic plan goals.  Through these ongoing strategic planning efforts, the City of Winchester continually renews its vision and reformulates strategies for realizing the City's vision on a periodic basis. Current Strategic Plan

Service Delivery Policy

The City of Winchester's Service Delivery Policy is to provide services to the public equally and fairly without regard to the person's age, sex, race, religion, national origin, creed, political affiliation or disability. We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to affirmative action. Any member of the public requiring special accommodations such as an interpreter or reader should contact City Hall at (540) 667-1815, ext. 1454 or (540) 722-0782 (TDD).


Notice and Prohibition Against Discrimination

All City Councilors, employees and Council appointed Board and Commission members have an obligation to conduct their official duties in a manner that serves the public interest, upholds the public trust and protects the City’s resources. To this end, City Councilors, employees and Council-appointed Board and Commission members have a responsibility to perform their duties to the very best of their abilities, treating the public and each other in a courteous manner that is fair and equitable, without regard to race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, disability, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to the impartial conduct of City business.

All City Councilors, employees and Council appointed Board and Commission members demonstrate integrity, honesty, and ethical behavior in the conduct of all City business.

The City of Winchester strives to obtain the best-qualified applicants available for each vacancy as it occurs, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, political affiliation, disability, gender, age, or other non-merit, non-job-related factors. The City of Winchester local government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Any unlawful discrimination should be reported immediately to a member of the City’s senior management team, or to the City Manager. Such discrimination also may be reported to any state or federal agency which is responsible for compliance with nondiscrimination laws, such as the U.S. Justice Department, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or any other federal or state agency with jurisdiction.

The City of Winchester also prohibits unlawful retaliation against any person who files a report or complaint about discrimination. To contact the City of Winchester to report any unlawful discrimination or retaliation or to request special arrangements because of disability, please call 540-667-1815.