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2023 General Real Estate Reassessment process has begun

May 05, 2022

The City’s vendor, Pearson’s Appraisal Service, has begun the 2023 General Real Estate Reassessment process which includes inspecting and reviewing properties within city limits. Pearson’s Appraisal Service staff will be traveling in clearly marked vehicles and have identification. 

Any property owner that has information to share with Pearson’s regarding the assessment of their property or would like to have an interior inspection should contact the City’s Real Estate Administrator at 540-667-2048.    

Development Services Director accepts new position

May 02, 2022

The City of Winchester’s Development Services Director, Shawn Hershberger, has submitted his resignation effective May 27, 2022. Mr. Hershberger has accepted a position in the private sector with Energix Renewables.

“It has been my honor and privilege to serve the City of Winchester. At every level, the City organization is filled with exceptional professionals, and I consider myself lucky to have worked alongside them and serve this great community. I'm excited for the future of the city and hope find ways to stay engaged.”

City schedule, important information for 95th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

Apr 18, 2022

Although the City of Winchester local government does not organize The Bloom events, several City departments are involved in making sure festival activities are permitted and safe.


Due to Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival activities and road closures, the City of Winchester will operate the following schedule:

Community child care information session

Apr 06, 2022

The local Departments of Social Services in Winchester City, Clarke, Frederick, and Shenandoah Counties want to re-connect with our child care centers, family day homes, and aspiring child care providers to provide information on the following:

Volunteers needed for Community Cleanup

Apr 06, 2022

Volunteers are needed for a Community Cleanup event on Saturday, April 9 at 8 am. Hosted by Council Vice President Kim Herbstritt and Vice-Mayor John Hill, the cleanup will take place in three locations. Gloves, pickers, and bags will be provided.

“Keeping Winchester beautiful takes all of us,” Kim stated. “Snow plowing and wind can cause a lot of unintended litter in public and natural spaces. This event can’t capture it all, but it’s a start, and we hope you can join us.”

Joint EDA/PED Meeting Announcement

Mar 25, 2022

A joint meeting between the Economic Development Authority and Council’s Planning and Economic Development Committee will be held on Monday, April 4 at 11 am in the Rouss City Hall Exhibit Hall (4th floor).

The agenda will be posted in advance on the City’s agenda portal when available. The meeting will not be streamed live, however a video will be posted on the agenda portal as soon as possible following the meeting.

To attend the meeting, visitors to City Hall must first check in with security on the main floor.

2022 hydrant flushing program begins April 4

Mar 23, 2022

Beginning Monday, April 4, 2022, and continuing through October (weather permitting), the City’s Utilities Division will be testing and flushing all of Winchester’s 1,300 fire hydrants as part of an annual maintenance program. The process of periodically “flushing” fire hydrants is an important preventive maintenance activity and is necessary to maintain a high quality and reliable water system. It is also helps make sure the fire hydrants are fully operational in the event of a fire.

Winchester Police Department celebrates 200th anniversary

Mar 11, 2022

On March 11, 2022, the Winchester Police Department’s (WPD) held a luncheon to kick off the Department’s 200th anniversary. A brief program was held beforehand and included remarks from City of Winchester Mayor John David Smith, Winchester City Manager Dan Hoffman, and WPD Chief John R. Piper. In his statement to the audience of City of Winchester employees, volunteers, and police retirees, Chief Piper provided historical Department accomplishments, honored Sergeant Ricky Timbrook and Officer Hunter Edwards, and displayed appreciation for the professionalism of WPD staff.

Parks and Rec offers FREE athletic programs for city youth

Mar 01, 2022

Winchester city residents can access free athletic programs for their children through a special partnership between Winchester Parks and Recreation and Shenandoah University (SU). This agreement, which spans five years, waives the $50-$61 registration fee for city residents to play basketball, volleyball, flag football, and cheer during the 2021-2022 season.