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Listen Live: City Council Meetings

City Council meetings are streamed live on this feed when in session. If using Google Chrome, launch the audio player from here.  Previously recorded City Council meetings are available on the city’s YouTube Channel


To participate in the Public Hearings and Matters from the Public portions of the July 9, 2020 City Council Meeting, persons may do so in person or use the following procedure:

  • Dial toll free number: (844) 854-2222
  • When prompted, enter the access code for the meeting: 619358#
  • You will hear the automated word “Muted”
  • At that point, you will have been added to the queue to share your comments with Council
  • While you are in the queue, you will hear the audio feed of the meeting
  • When you hear the automated word “Unmuted,” share your comments with Council
  • Participants are reminded that public hearings and Matters from the Public portions of the meeting are a time for Council simply to listen to your comments
  • While you are in the queue, mute the television, computer or other device on which you are listening to the meeting


City Council regularly meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The Council typically holds a work session before each regular meeting that is also open to the public. 

Agendas & Minutes

View the latest meeting agenda and minutes for City Council. Agendas for each meeting are posted at least one week in advance.

Contact City Council

You may contact City Council by emailing or by calling  the Clerk of Council at 540.332.3810. Contact information for individual City Council members can be found in their bios, linked to their images above. 

About Staunton City Council

The Staunton City Council comprises seven members who are elected by City voters and empowered by the City Charter and the Code of Virginia with the responsibility of establishing laws in the city, adopting an annual budget and setting tax levels to fund maintenance of the city infrastructure, schools, public safety and other functions.

Members of Staunton City Council serve four-year terms and have alternating tenures. Three members are elected one year, and four are elected two years later. The Mayor is chosen by the City Council for a two-year period.

City Council employs a City Manager, who handles day-to-day operations, and a City Attorney. Both serve at the pleasure of Council. Staunton created the council-manager form of government in 1908, which now serves as a standard form of government across the United States and throughout much of the free world.

Vision & Priorities

City Council adopts a vision statement to guide its actions in the decade ahead and three-year priorities that specify short-term measures to help achieve the vision. Download Council’s Vision for 2030 and its three-year priorities.

Clerk of Council

The Clerk of Council is a part-time City employee appointed by Council to arrange meetings, record minutes, record ordinances, maintain applications and information for City boards and commissions, and handle proclamations and other official documents. 

You may contact the Clerk of Council, Faith Simmons, via email or by phone at 540.332.3810. The Clerk's office is located on the first floor of City Hall.

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