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Help Improve the City's Website

Dec 08, 2021

Help us improve the website! We’re looking for local residents to test out a new website structure by performing a short series of online tasks.

If you are interested in participating in this short test, please submit the interest form ASAP and we'll be in touch if selected for the first round of tests. We hope to get a good representation from all four wards.

Thank you!

Accepting applications for vacant Ward 4 seat on Council

Dec 06, 2021

We wish the circumstances requiring this announcement were different, but City Code requires vacant seats on Council to be filled within 30 days, and Councilor McKiernan would want future decisions to be made with the city adequately represented.

So, if you live in the Fourth Ward and are interested in serving on Council (interim appointment), please submit an application and resume by 5 pm on 12/12/21 (link below). The successful candidate will be interviewed prior to and appointed at the Council meeting on December 14, 2021. Interim term ends 12/31/22.

Meet our new Zoning Administrator

Oct 20, 2021

Please join us in welcoming Alfredo Gutierrez Velasquez as the City’s new Zoning Administrator. Alfredo most recently worked with the Town of Front Royal as their GIS Coordinator/Planner. Before that he was the System Analyst for the City of Harrisonburg, VA.

“I love Winchester,” Alfredo said during an interview. “This is home, and I can’t imagine being anywhere else. I’m excited for this opportunity and to be a part of the City of Winchester team.”

Trick-or-Treating 2021

Oct 20, 2021

The City of Winchester government does not regulate, schedule or cancel trick-or-treating activities for Halloween each year. In the past, the Winchester Police Department has made a recommendation for the date and times for safety purposes, but when trick-or-treating occurs in the city is up to individual neighborhoods and families.

Fire Safety Tips

The National Fire Protection Association recommends the following Halloween fire safety tips:

City's AAA bond rating reaffirmed for sixth time

Oct 18, 2021

S&P Global Ratings has affirmed the AAA rating on the City of Winchester’s General Obligation Debt. The S&P AAA rating was first assigned on October 7, 2013 and this is the sixth time the rating has been reaffired. The City of Winchester is one of only twelve cities in Virginia to maintain the prestigious AAA S&P General Obligation rating.