Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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Winston-Salem, North Carolina
General information
Allen Joines.jpg
Mayor:Allen Joines
Mayor party:Democratic
Last mayoral election:2013
Next mayoral election:2017
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:2017
City council seats:9
2013-14 FY Budget:$378.9 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:236,441
Gender:53.0% Female
Race:White 47.1%
African American 34.7%
Asian 2.0%
Two or More Races 2.4%
Ethnicity:Hispanic or Latino 14.7%
Median household income:$40,869
High school graduation rate:85.5%
College graduation rate:32.0%
Related Winston-Salem offices
North Carolina Congressional Delegation
North Carolina State Legislature
North Carolina state executive offices
Winston-Salem is a city in Forsyth County, North Carolina. As of 2013, its population was 236,441.[1]

City government

See also: Council-manager government

The city of Winston-Salem utilizes a council-manager system. In this form of municipal government, an elected city council, which includes the mayor and serves as the city's primary legislative body, appoints a chief executive called a city manager to oversee day-to-day municipal operations and implement the council's policy and legislative initiatives.[2]

City manager

The city manager is the city's chief executive officer. The responsibilities of the city manager include overseeing the city's day-to-day operations, planning and implementing the city's operating budget and appointing departmental directors and other senior-level positions.[2]


The mayor is a member of city council. He or she presides over council meetings, but only votes in cases of a tie. The mayor also represents the city in official civic ceremonies and on the state, national and international levels. Allen Joines is the current Mayor of Winston-Salem.[3]

City council

The Winston-Salem City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[4]


The Winston-Salem City Council is made up of eight members, each of whom is elected by one of the city's eight wards.[4]

A current list of council members can be found here.

Council Committees

The Winston-Salem City Council features four standing committees, which focus on individual policy and legislative issues. Generally, the drafting of city legislation begins with the committees.[5]

A current list of Winston-Salem City Council committees can be found here.

Boards and commissions

A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the Winston-Salem City Council. The roles of these boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.[6]

For a full list of Winston-Salem city boards and commissions, see here.


Winston-Salem's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014-15 was $378.9 million.[7]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
Suite 150, City Hall
101 North Main St.
NC 27101
Phone: (336)727-2058

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Forsyth County, North Carolina ballot measures

The city of Winston-Salem is in Forsyth County. A list of ballot measures in Forsyth County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in North Carolina

As a charter city, Winston-Salem follows the initiative and referendum process dictated by North Carolina General Statutes 160A-104.[8]


In 2013, Winston-Salem's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $70,000.[9] The issues for which the city filed in 2013, as well as the number of reports, can be seen in the box below. The issues column lists the generic issues that lobbyists working for local governments are required by law to disclose on quarterly federal disclosure forms.[10][11] The reports column gives the number of reports lobbyists filed in regards to each generic issue. To learn more about the details of the specific issues for which Winston-Salem filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
4 Fed Budget & Appropriations
4 Natural Resources
4 Taxes

City website evaluation

Budget P
Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Permits, zoning Y
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Audits Y
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Contracts Y
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Lobbying N
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Public Records N
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Local Taxes P

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Transparency grading process

See also: Evaluation of North Carolina city websites

This information was last reviewed on June 15, 2012.

The good

  • The current budget is published[12]
  • The calendar of meetings and meeting agendas and minutes are available and archived at least three years[13]
  • Names of elected officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[14]
  • Names of administrative officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[15]
  • Permit applications are available for download[16] and zoning ordinances are available[17]
  • The current audit is published and previous audits are available for the last three years[18]
  • Bids are posted[19], including approved contracts over $10,000[20]
  • Tax revenues are available

The bad

  • Archived budgets are unavailable.
  • Public records forms and contact information is unavailable and a search does not turn up any relevant results.
  • A link to tax rates is unavailable.
  • Lobbyists, lobbying memberships and associated fees are unavailable.

See also

Suggest a link

External links


  1. U.S. Census Bureau, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on October 28, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 City of Winston-Salem, "City Manager," accessed on October 28, 2014
  3. City of Winston-Salem, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on October 28, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 City of Winston-Salem, "City Council," accessed on October 28, 2014
  5. City of Winston-Salem, "Committees," accessed on October 28, 2014
  6. City of Winston-Salem, "Boards and Commissions," accessed on October 28, 2014
  7. City of Winston-Salem, "2013-14 Adopted Operating Budget FY 2014-15," accessed April 16, 2015
  8. North Carolina General Assembly, "North Carolina General Statutes 160A-104," accessed on October 28, 2014
  9. Open Secrets, "City of Winston-Salem," accessed on October 28, 2014
  10. U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
  11. Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
  12. City of Winston-Salem, "2011-12 Budget," accessed on October 28, 2014
  13. City of Winston-Salem, "Meetings, agendas, minutes and archives," accessed on October 28, 2014
  14. City of Winston-Salem, "Elected officials," accessed on October 28, 2014," accessed on October 28, 2014
  15. City of Winston-Salem, "Administrative officials," accessed on October 28, 2014
  16. City of Winston-Salem, "Permits," accessed on October 28, 2014
  17. City of Winston-Salem, "Zoning," accessed on October 28, 2014
  18. City of Winston-Salem, "Audits," accessed on October 28, 2014
  19. City of Winston-Salem, "Bids," accessed on October 28, 2014
  20. City of Winston-Salem, "Bid results," accessed on October 28, 2014