Local Governance Study Commission

Public Input Sessions

The Winston-Salem Local Governance Study Commission is holding three public sessions in January to brief city residents on the various ways the City Council could be restructured, and to collect public opinion on what changes, if any, should be made.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28, 6 p.m., Carver High School, 3545 Carver School Road, Winston-Salem 
  • Wednesday, Jan. 29, 6 p.m., Easton Elementary School, 734 Clemmonsville Circle, Winston-Salem 
  • Thursday, Jan. 30, 6 p.m., South Fork Elementary School, 4332 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem 

Each meeting will open with a brief video overview of the various ways the council could be restructured. Following the video, attendees can circulate among stations with more details about the options presented in the video. All attendees will be asked to fill out a short input form before they leave to give the commission members an idea of what changes, if any, city residents might like to see.

Can’t attend? Go to the video page to watch the video and link to our input form.

About the Commission

The Winston-Salem Local Governance Study Commission is a non-partisan study commission comprising 11 members who have been charged with reviewing the method for electing the mayor and members of the City Council.  

Specifically, the commission is to:

  • review best practices relative to municipal governance structure;
  • obtain public input as to the type of structure desired by the citizens of Winston-Salem; and
  • analyze any potential impacts or consequences of proposed changes.

The study commission is co-chaired by Steve Berlin, the managing partner of the Kilpatrick Townsend law firm; and Dr. David Branch, a local ophthalmologist and community leader. Given the time needed for the commission to complete its work, no changes will occur in the 2020 election process for the Winston-Salem mayor and City Council.

The commission will meet monthly.  Agendas and minutes of meetings will be posted on this webpage.

Agendas and Minutes