Government

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.

Beginning in 2006, City Council began transitioning from a thirteen (13) member body to a nine (9) member body. The transition was completed in 2008, upon the expiration of existing council terms affected by the transition. Also beginning with the November 2006 election, 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 prior to each meeting. The public is welcome and citizen participation is encouraged.  The regular meetings are also televised live on Comcast cable channel 6 and replayed the following Thursday at 6:00 pm.

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

agendas and minutes

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

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.


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 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.