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City Manager appoints new Police Chief

Oct 03, 2022

City Manager Dan Hoffman has selected Deputy Chief Amanda Behan as Winchester’s new and first female Police Chief in the department’s 200-year history. DC Behan has been a dedicated member of the Winchester Police Department for over 20 years, climbing the ranks from recruit in 2001 to Deputy Chief in 2021.

City to conduct an emergency exercise on October 1, 2022

Sep 23, 2022

The City of Winchester public safety departments, various supporting agencies, and Winchester Public Schools will hold a full-scale emergency exercise on Saturday, October 1, 2022. The training exercise will be held in and around John Handley High School from approximately 8 am-12 pm. 

This simulated scenario will focus on an emergency response to an active threat inside the school. The goal is to assess the readiness of first responders and school staff to facilitate a coordinated and timely response in the event of a future threat. 

City Manager appoints new Director of Community Development

Sep 14, 2022

Following a nation-wide search, Winchester City Manager Dan Hoffman has appointed Michael Ruddy, of Frederick County, as the City’s new Community Development Director.

“Mike not only brings a deep familiarity with our area, but also has a track record of delivering professional, high-quality service,” said Dan Hoffman, City Manager. “We're very excited to have someone with his expertise in this critical role as we work toward achieving the City’s strategic plan goals.”

2022 Labor Day Schedule

Aug 30, 2022

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, the City of Winchester will operate on the below schedule the week of September 5, 2022.

  • Closed on Monday, September 5:
  • City administrative offices
  • WinTran routes
  • Joint Judicial Center (courts)

Recycling Collection Schedule: 

Collection on Monday, September 5 is moved to Wednesday, September 7. Yard Waste collection is canceled on September 7.

Winchester Parks & Recreation:

City launches new glass recycling program

Aug 29, 2022

As of today, the City's new glass recycling program is accepting glass at five designated locations. Now, local residents can drop off their glass at any of these recycling stations at their convenience and know they are doing good by keeping glass out of the landfill. Glass recycling is not being accepted curbside at this time.

Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Returns to Winchester

Aug 17, 2022

A special type of holiday cheer is coming back to Winchester on November 28, 2022 when the annual Holiday Parade returns to Old Town. Hosted by Winchester Parks and Recreation (WPRD), the parade begins at 7 pm and typically features floats, bands, and vehicles representing local organizations. Santa himself will most certainly make an appearance, too! The annual tree lighting will take place immediately following the parade. 

WMC Foundation Grant Benefits First Responders

Aug 10, 2022

In an active shooter or mass casualty situation, law enforcement personnel are typically first on scene, responsible for securing the scene before EMS providers enter. As true first responders, police officers may need to provide immediate, life-saving measures until EMS arrives. It is vital they have the supplies and training to do this.

Public Safety Training at Innovation Center

Aug 03, 2022

Please be aware that Winchester Fire & Rescue and Police Departments will be conducting a joint training at the Innovation Center (behind JHHS) on the following dates:

  • August 3-5, 8 am-6 pm
  • August 8-10, 8 am-6 pm

Expect heavy first responder, apparatus, and traffic in this area.