Meet the Mayor

Mayor John David Smith Jr.

Mayor John David Smith, Jr.

Elected as Mayor: 2016
Elected as Council President: 2019
Term Expires: 2024

Rouss City Hall
15 N. Cameron Street
Winchester, VA 22601

Mr. Smith has been very involved in the community since investing in Old Town Winchester in 2003, serving on the Planning Commission from 2010-2016 and the Old Town Development Board (OTDB) from 2004-2010. Mr. Smith was chairman of the OTDB from 2008-2010. He also served as a member of the Winchester Parking Authority from 2007-2008. Mr. Smith was the owner and partner of Water Street Kitchen and Village Square Restaurant & V2 Bar, both on the Loudoun Street Mall. Mr. Smith graduated from Charleston High School in Charleston, WV, and attended Marshall University in Huntington, WV, and the University of the District of Columbia.

Council Committees

  • Finance Committee (Chair)
  • Planning & Economic Development Committee

Community Involvement

Board Position
Virginia Board of Workforce Development Chair
Shenandoah University School of Business Advisory Board of Directors Chair
Celebration of Hope, Cancer Initiative Vice President
Winchester Main Street Foundation Founder and Secretary
U.S. Global Leadership Coalition  Member
Virginia Municipal League Legislative Committee Member
Regional Jail Advisory Board Member
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley Garden Committee Member
NAACP Winchester Area Branch Executive Committee Member



Event Attendance Request

Interested in requesting that the Mayor attend or speak at your event? Submit the Event Attendance Request Form and someone with the City Manager's Office will contact you about your request.  The Mayor asks that requests be submitted at least 30 days in advance.

Event attendance request

Proclamation Request

Need an official proclamation from the Mayor? Submit this request form and someone with the City Manager's Office will contact you to discuss your request further.

Proclamation Request

Mayor's Annual Report

Each year the Mayor presents an annual review at the first Council meeting of the new year to highlight accomplishments made in the previous year.

2022 Mayor's Annual Report (Video)

2021 Mayor's Annual Report (PDF)

2020 Mayor's Annual Report (PDF)

2019 Mayor's Annual Report (Video)

Mayor's Excellence Award

Do you know someone or a group of people doing great things in the Winchester community? Nominate them for the Mayor's Excellence Award by October 31. Award winners will be recognized at the December Council meeting and on the City's website and social media pages. Nominations accepted year-round. Nomination Form

"If I Were Mayor"

What would your child do if he/she were Mayor of Winchester? Have your child complete this fun worksheet and send it to the Mayor at Rouss City Hall, 15 N. Cameron Street, Winchester, VA  22601.

English Worksheet
Spanish Worksheet