Rouss Review

Rouss Review Podcast now in two parts

Welcome to the City's bi-weekly podcast, The Rouss Review. City Manager Dan Hoffman and Public Information Officer Sarah Frey host season 6 of the podcast. 

Tune in on your favorite podcast listening service every second and fourth Monday of each month.

Have a question or topic idea? Scroll to the bottom to submit it to the hosts for possible discussion on air.

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Scroll down to listen now or stream the podcast on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, BreakerOvercast, RadioPublic, or PocketCasts. Rather read than listen? Transcripts for each podcast are available below. Links to the podcast will also be posted on the City's Facebook and Twitter pages.

Podcast Transcripts

Would you rather read the information instead of listening to the podcast? Click the podcast date below and enjoy! 

Podcast Date
(Season 5)
Topics Special Guests Transcription Link
April 24, 2023 Part 1: Council Agenda & Current Announcements   Download
April 24, 2023 Part 2: City Services Provided During Major Events Representatives from Police, Fire & Rescue, Emergency Mgt & Public Works Download
April 10, 2023 Part 2: Community Paramedicine Rob Schmidt, Community Paramedic Download
March 27, 2023 Part 2: Stormwater Utility Perry Eisenach, Public Services Director
Kelly Henshaw, Engineer
March 13, 2023 Part 2: Real Estate Assessment Process Fred Parson, RE Assessment Contractor Download
February 27, 2023 Part 2: Working for a Local Government Lynsey Orndorff, Human Resources Manager Download
February 13, 2023 Part 2: Safe Sleep Practices Erin Casarotti & Emily Bowlin, Winchester Social Services Download
January 16, 2023 Part 2: Budget 101 Celeste Broadstreet, Finance Director Download


Podcast Date
(Season 4)
Topics Special Guests Transcription Link
December 12, 2022 Part 2: Snow Plowing Operations Justin Hall, Public Works Division Manager Download
November 21, 2022 Part 2: Community Development Mike Ruddy, Community Development Director Download
November 7, 2022 Part 2: Juvenile Detention Center Erin Maloney, JDC Superintendent Download
October 24, 2022 Part 2: Police Technology Chief Amanda Behan Download
October 10, 2022 Part 2: Spotted Lanternfly Virginia Cooperative Extension Download
September 26, 2022 Canceled    
September 12, 2022 Part 2: Trees Jordan Herring, Arborist Download
August 22, 2022 Part 2: Public Safety Radio System Ethan Longenecker, Deputy Emergency Mgt. Coordinator Download
August 8, 2022 Part 2: Glass and Other Recycling Michael Neese, Refuse & Recycling Manager Download
July 11, 2022 Part 2: Traffic Control Justin Hall, Public Works Division Manager
Andy Dunn, Traffic Manager
June 27, 2022 Part 2: Stormwater Utility Kelly Henshaw, City Engineer
Perry Eisenach, Public Services Director
June 13, 2022 Part 2: Making Local Government Laws Patrick Elwell, Program Manager
Kerri Mellott, Deputy Clerk of Council
May 23, 2022 Part 2: Water Distribution System Donnie Johnston, Utilities Maintenance Manager Download
May 9, 2022 Part 2: Animals (K9s, Pets, Geese, Oh My!) Sgt. Shawn O'Connor, WPD
Kelly Henshaw, City Engineer
April 25, 2022 Part 2: Crime Analytics & Community Policing Amanda Behan, Deputy Chief
Tara Cardenas, Crime Analyst
April 11, 2022 Part 2: Being a 911 Dispatcher Terri Mellott, ECC Specialist Download
March 21, 2022 Part 2: Taxes Ann Burkholder, Commissioner of the Revenue
Jeff Barbour, Treasurer
March 7, 2022 Part 2: Public Transit in Winchester Kenny Johnson, WinTran Manager Download
February 21, 2022 Part 2: Purpose of a Comprehensive Plan Tim Youmans, Planning Director Download
February 7, 2022 Part 2: The Life of a Paramedic Dave Brinegar, WFRD Paramedic Download
January 24, 2022 Part 2: How to Become a Police Officer Katlynn Slonaker, WPD Download


Podcast Date
(Season 3)
Main Topic Special Guests Transcription Link
December 13, 2021 Leaf Season and Snow Plowing Operations Justin Hall, Public Works Division Manager Download
November 22, 2021 Park & Old Town Holiday Events Chris Konyar, Parks & Rec Director & Alex Flanigan, Main St. Program Manager Download
November 5, 2021 Mental Health Crisis John Piper, Police Chief Download
October 25, 2021 Winchester Public Schools Update Jason Van Heukelum, Superintendent Download
October 11, 2021 City Projects Update & Public Input Opportunities Kelly Henshaw, City Engineer Download
September 27, 2021 Housing Study results, housing needs, development updates Shawn Hershberger, Development Services Director Download
September 13, 2021 City's Drone & Smart City Programs Scott Kensinger, Emergency Management Coordinator Download
August 23, 2021 Social Services in Winchester Amber Dopkowski, Director Download
August 9, 2021 City Manager's Ride-along with Trash Collection & Takeaways Michael Neese, Refuse & Recycling Manager Download
July 27, 2021 Winchester Royals J.R. Burns & Jim Philips, Winchester Royals Download
July 12, 2021 Meet new Winc. Parks & Recreation Director Chris Konyar, Parks & Recreation Director Download
June 21, 2021 Local law enforcement update John Piper, Police Chief Download
June 7, 2021 Building Safety Codes David Parker, Building Official Download
May 24, 2021 Small Business Month - Visited three small businesses Bright Box, Bonnie Blue & Antojitos Mexicanos Download
May 10, 2021 Meet the New WFRD Chief Jon Henschel & Interim Chief Hadden Culp Download
April 26, 2021 2021 Strategic Plan Update Erima Fobbs, City's Consultant Download
April 12, 2021 Water and Wastewater Treatment Process Don Riggleman, Water & Wastewater Treatment Division Manager Download
March 22, 2021 Old Town Walking Tour Alex Flanigan, Community Arts & Vitality Manager Download
March 8, 2021 Trash Cart Pilot Results, Recycling, Composting, Budget Season Michael Neese, Refuse & Recycling Manager Download
February 22, 2021 Black History Month/General History Tyson Gilpin, NAACP Education Chair Download
February 9, 2021 Hope/Valley/Tevis Road Projects & Animal Control Perry Eisenach, Public Services Director & Cpl. Sales, WPD Animal Control Officer Download
January 25, 2021 COVID-19 Vaccinations Dr. Colin Greene, Lord Fairfax Health District Director Download


Podcast Date
(Season 2)
Main Topic Special Guests Now U Know Segment Transcription Link
December 10, 2020 Trash Cart Pilot Program Michael Neese, Refuse & Recycling Manager Water/Sewer bill assistance and payment plans Download
November 12, 2020 Adoption & Foster Care Rebecca Hopkins & Marisa Wilcom, Social Services National foster care stats Download
October 29, 2020 City jobs & Benefits Paula Nofsinger, HR Director - Download
October 15, 2020 New City Manager Dan Hoffman, City Manager Council-Manager form of government Download
September 24, 2020 Winchester Fire & Rescue Hadden Culp, Interim Fire & Rescue Chief Halloween safety tips Download
September 10, 2020 City Reopening Information Amy Simmons, Communications Director School bus and pedestrian laws Download
August 27, 2020 Drinking Water & Protecting the Source Farrell Owens, Water Treatment Plant Manager
Kelly Henshaw, City Engineer
What NOT to put down the drain Download
August 13, 2020 Park Programs/Facilities Lynn Miller, WPRD Director Green Circle Trail Download
July 30, 2020 2020 Census Kathleen O'Connell, Census Partner Specialist Online City services Download
July 16, 2020 COVID-19 & WPS Reopening Dr. Greene, Lord Fairfax Health District
Dr. Jason Van Heukelum, WPS
Protect yourself from cyber crime Download
June 25, 2020 Fire & Rescue Recruitment Interim Chief Hadden Culp
Deputy Chief J.D. Orndorff
Top fire causes and safety tips Download
June 12, 2020 Police Policies Chief John Piper, Winchester Police Department Special Event Permit Process Download
May 28, 2020 Building Safety Month David Parker, Building Official Green & Sustainable Home Download
May 14, 2020 S. Pleasant Valley Road Improvements Perry Eisenach, Public Services Director Virginia's Phase I Reopening Plan Download
April 30, 2020 Trees & Spotted Lanternfly Jen Jenkins, City Arborist Approved trees & Adopt-A-Tree Program Download
April 16, 2020 Child Abuse & Neglect Candace Veney, Winchester Dept. of Social Services Grow your own Victory Garden Download
April 2, 2020 Coronavirus Updates Amy Simmons, Communications Director
Shawn Hershberger, Development Services
Coronavirus Download
March 12, 2020 Flood Safety & Preparedness Scott Kensinger, Emergency Mgt. Coordinator Coronavirus Download
February 27, 2020 Trash & Recycling Service Options Perry Eisenach, Public Services Director Communications for Public Works Services Download
February 13, 2020 Heart Month Lt. Drew DeHaven, Fire & Rescue 2020 Census Download
January 30, 2020 Year in Review City Manager, Eden Freeman Public Safety 2019 Year-End Stats Download
January 16, 2020 Snow Plowing Justin Hall, Public Works Division Manager Public Services 2019 Year-End Stats Download

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City of Winchester
Rouss City Hall
15 N. Cameron Street
Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 535-3659