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The City’s Communications Office guarantees that residents, employees and the public at-large are kept accurately informed of City government services, activities and programs in a timely, effective and efficient manner.

The Communications Office facilitates public access to information, heightens awareness of government services and serves as a clearinghouse for all official government communications with the public and media.

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Ways Links
Social Media (City) Facebook, TwitterYouTube, Snapchat (, Instagram, LinkedIn
Social Media (Public Safety) Police: Facebook, Twitter
Fire & Rescue: Facebook, Twitter
Social Media (Other) Old Town: Facebook, Instagram
Parks & Recreation: Facebook
Tourism: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube
Notification system Get Alerts
News Releases Latest News
Weekly e-newsletter (City government) CitE-News
Monthly e-newsletter (Parks & Recreation) ActivitE-News
Podcast (Twice per month) Rouss Review Podcast
News Show (Monthly) publiCITY
Budget Transparency Tool & Open Checkbook OpenGov
Public Input Opportunities Get Engaged
Mobile App Download
TV channel Comcast Cable channel 6
Learning Programs INSIGHT Citizen's Academy, Police Citizens Academy, etc. (adults & youth)
Annual Informational Calendar Calendar & photo contest

Community Liaison Program

The City is seeking representatives from Winchester city community and neighborhood groups that can partner with the communications team and help improve communication with residents. The representatives will serve as liaisons between the group/neighborhood and the City. When Council and City staff are discussing topics that may impact residents, these representatives will help disseminate the information to their group. Also, when community and neighborhood groups have questions or comments, the representative will gather and relay the information to the City and start the two-way conversation.

If you're interested in participating, submit the online form or contact the City's Communications Director at 540-667-1815, ext. 1670 or email.

Learning Programs 

Discover more about your local government, meet staff and officials and learn about services provided to the community.

Program Topics Held Ages More Info
INSIGHT Citizen's Academy City government daily operations & decision-making processes January-April 16+ Link
Citizen Police Academy Winchester Police services and divisions Spring & Fall Sessions 18+ Link
Teen Citizen Police Academy Winchester Police services and divisions November 13-17 Link
Junior Academy Winchester Police services and recruit activities April, July & September 5-8 Link
Kids & Cops Camp Law enforcement and summer fun June 9-12 Link

Annual Informational Calendar & Photo Contest

The City's informational calendar is produced each year and distributed to all 22601 residences in mid-December (FREE). Get the information you need all year long about trash/recycling collection holiday changes, public meetings, City facility closures, City-sponsored events, government services information, and much more. The beautiful photos are submitted during the annual photo contest by local residents (see below for details).

Calendars will also be available for pickup at the following locations (2021 calendars coming mid- to late-December 2020):

  • Rouss City Hall, 15 N. Cameron Street (M-F, 8 am-5 pm)
  • Visitor Center, 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Road (7 days a week, 9 am-5 pm)
  • Creamery Building, 21 S. Kent Street (M-F, 8 am-4:30 pm)

2021 Calendar

2021 Calendar cover

View 2021 Calendar

NOTE: We still have calendars available! Stop by City Hall or the Visitors Center to get a copy.

2021 Annual Photo/Art Contest

Each year, the City invites area residents (hobbyists and professional) to submit their photos for possible inclusion in the City's annual informational calendar. For the 2022 calendar, we'll be accepting photos and original artwork entries during the 2021 photo and art contest. Deadline is November 1, 2021 (submissions accepted year-round). 

Submission Form

Online Form (preferred)

Download PDF form

City Communications Overview

Watch the below publiCITY episode on the various communications efforts of the City. 

Printable Brochure

We Want Your Feedback

The City strives to provide the information our residents, property owners and business owners want to know. Not getting what you want? Help us improve by telling us what you'd like to receive and how.

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Customer Comment Card

Website Feedback Form

Service Request Portal

Other Department Responsibilities:

Communications Policies

Use of City Seal or Logo

Sec. 2-2 of the City Code states that the City Seal and City logo can only be used for City of Winchester, VA government purposes. Therefore, the City Seal or logo can not be used by any organization or individual without official authorization from the Winchester Common Council.

Amy SimmonsAmy Simmons
Communications Director

Rouss City Hall
15 North Cameron Street, 4th Floor
Winchester, VA  22601
(540) 667-1815, ext. 1670


Caitlin SquiresCaitlin Diehl
Communications Manager

Rouss City Hall
15 North Cameron Street, 4th Floor
Winchester, VA  22601
(540) 667-1815, ext. 1440