Winston-Salem, North Carolina
|Winston-Salem, North Carolina|
|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|
|Population in 2013:||236,441|
African American 34.7%
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
- 1 City government
- 2 Budget
- 3 Contact information
- 4 Ballot measures
- 5 Lobbying
- 6 City website evaluation
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Winston-Salem City Council is made up of eight members, each of whom is elected by one of the city's eight wards.
A current list of council members can be found here.
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.
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.
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.
Office of the Mayor
Suite 150, City Hall
101 North Main St.
To contact individual council members, see here.
In 2013, Winston-Salem's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $70,000. 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. 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|
|4||Fed Budget & Appropriations|
City website evaluation
|Transparency grading process|
This information was last reviewed on June 15, 2012.
- The current budget is published
- The calendar of meetings and meeting agendas and minutes are available and archived at least three years
- Names of elected officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available
- Names of administrative officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available
- Permit applications are available for download and zoning ordinances are available
- The current audit is published and previous audits are available for the last three years
- Bids are posted, including approved contracts over $10,000
- Tax revenues are available
- 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.
- U.S. Census Bureau, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Winston-Salem, "City Manager," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Winston-Salem, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Winston-Salem, "City Council," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Winston-Salem, "Committees," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Winston-Salem, "Boards and Commissions," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Winston-Salem, "2013-14 Adopted Operating Budget FY 2014-15
- North Carolina General Assembly, "North Carolina General Statutes 160A-104," accessed on October 28, 2014
- Open Secrets, "City of Winston-Salem," accessed on October 28, 2014
- U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
- City of Winston-Salem, "2011-12 Budget," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Winston-Salem, "Meetings, agendas, minutes and archives," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Winston-Salem, "Elected officials," accessed on October 28, 2014," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Winston-Salem, "Administrative officials," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Winston-Salem, "Permits," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Winston-Salem, "Zoning," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Winston-Salem, "Audits," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Winston-Salem, "Bids," accessed on October 28, 2014
- City of Winston-Salem, "Bid results," accessed on October 28, 2014
State of North Carolina
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