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Public Comment Options - City Council Meetings

Online Form

For those who’d like to address Council on any topic or provide comment for a public hearing item on the agenda for virtual Council meetings, please do so using the online public comment form. The form will be made available when the agenda is finalized and published (Friday before the meetings). All comments submitted will be provided to Council. Please submit by 8 am on the Monday prior to the Council meetings. 

During Meeting (Live)

In addition to the online public comment form, community members now have the option to call in or use the WebEx platform to address Council live during the meeting. Each person who chooses to speak, instead of submitting the online form, will be called upon and unmuted when it’s their turn. To help with this process, community members wishing to address Council are asked to sign up in advance using any of the below options:

  1. Email

  2. Call 540-667-1815, ext. 1502 or 1670

  3. Send a private message via the City’s Facebook page:

  4. Sign up by providing your information to the sign-up sheet available at the Jim Barnett Park Rec Center (open M-F, 8 am-5 pm), 1001 E. Cork Street, Winchester

Those wishing to address Council who did not sign up in advance can still speak but must be logged in on the WebEx platform online (not via phone). When the public comment period or public hearing begins, press the “wave your hand” button, indicating you’d like to speak. Please be sure to include your name when you log in so the moderator can call on you when appropriate.

Things to remember about public comments during Council meetings:

  • Only use WebEx to watch the Council meetings if you wish to address Council (if not, watch using the online agenda portal)
  • Login 10-15 minutes early and provide your name if asked (this will help us identify you when it's your turn to speak)
  • Provide your name and address for the record before speaking
  • Each speaker has three minutes
  • Make sure your microphone is turned on in your computer settings
  • Do not unmute your microphone at any time (staff will unmute you when it’s your turn to speak)
  • The live feed on the City’s agenda portal has a slight delay and will not be in sync with the WebEx video/audio
  • The public comment period and public hearings are a time for Council to listen and Council will not respond to comments or answer questions, but may follow up at another time

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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 prior to each meeting. The public is welcome and citizen participation is encouraged. Watch online live or anytime on our agenda portal.

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

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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 Rouss City Hall at (540) 667-1815 or (540) 722-0782 (TDD).

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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 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.