Local Governance Study 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.

Use the LGSC Feedback Form to send the commission your thoughts on how the mayor and City Council members should be elected.

Agendas and Minutes