A Letter From Our Mayor

Welcome to the City of Shinnston and thank you for visiting our website!

I have been a life-long resident of the City of Shinnston and am proud to dedicate my time and energy to the development and longevity of our home. Our residents are proud, creative, hard-working individuals. We are family-friendly and collectively strive to be a better community every day. 

Just like most of north-central WV, we are transitioning from our industrial roots to a modern, creative economy, which counts on our residents and business owners as the city’s largest asset. I am committed to capitalizing on the strengths of Shinnston, including the natural beauty, the convenient location, cultural history and the creativity and intellect of our community members. I am passionate about utilizing these strengths to implement sustainable development that will create a thriving city for the next generation and beyond.

On behalf of our entire community, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to you and yours. We are proud of our city and we welcome you with open arms.

Again, thank you for visiting our website and we hope to see you soon!

Rodney Strait 
Mayor, City of Shinnston, WV

Our Team


Bill Watson

Bill Watson

At- Large Councilmember

Rodney Strait

Rodney Strait

At-Large City Council Member

Brian Parrish

Brian Parrish

Ward 2 Councilmember

Maryann Ferris

Maryann Ferris

At-Large Councilmember


City Manager- Chad M. Edwards

Carla Hinerman- Finance Director/Office Manager

Cyndi Lane- Office Assistant/Utility Clerk

Becky Leggitt- Utility Clerk/Office Assistant 

Police Department

Under the direction of Chief of Police Jon Harbert, the Shinnston Police Department currently employs seven full-time police officers to provide law enforcement protection for city residents.

From daily patrols to providing a Prevention Resource Officer (PRO) at Lincoln High School, the police department plays an active role in our community.  Each year they help with the bike rodeo and Take 25 event, providing safety materials for children and parents alike.  The department has also sponsored the Arrive Alive Tour, which educates kids on the dangers of driving drunk or distracted.  In July they host a community cookout at the swimming pool at Ferguson Park, where the officers spend the evening grilling food and meeting city residents as a way to build trust and transparency with the community. Each October, the police department bundles packages of treats for the kids at Big Elm Elementary for Halloween.  

The Shinnston Police are cooperative partners in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) victim notification program.  For more information on this program, click here. 

The police department headquarters is located at 43 Bridge Street.  The phone number is (304) 592-2121.  If an officer is not in the building and you have an emergency, call 911.  Otherwise, leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as an officer becomes available.  

Public Works & Utilities Division

Public Works Supervisor: Perry DelRio

The Public Works & Utilities Division consists of a variety of different divisions with a common goal of providing vital city services to citizens of Shannston. These divisions operate and maintain the city’s storm water conveyance system, drinking water supply and distribution system, wastewater collection system, and wastewater treatment.

Shinnston Development Authority

The Shinnston Development Authority was created by City Council and became active in 2010. The panel consists of 12-21 members, appointed by the city council and representing the council, city management, business, industry, and labor.

The stated purpose of the SDA is to promote, develop and advance the business prosperity and economic welfare of Shinnston. Through loans, investments or other business transactions, the SDA is designed to advance business and industrial development and maintain the economic stability of the City of Shinnston by: 

  1. Helping locate new businesses and industry within the city;
  2. Rehabilitating and assisting existing business and industry;
  3. Stimulating and promoting expansion of all kinds of businesses and industrial activity.
  4. Providing maximum opportunities for employment; and
  5. Improving the standard of living for the citizens of Shinnston. 

The SDA has the authority to cooperate and act in conjunction with other federal, state, or local organizations in the promotion and advancement of industrial, commercial, agricultural, and recreational developments within the City of Shinnston and Harrison County; and to furnish money and credit, land and industrial sites, technical assistance, and other such aid as may be deemed requisite to approved and deserving applicants for the promotion, development, and conduct of all kinds of business activity within Shinnston.  One of its current endeavors is to raise money to restore the Christmas Lights hung in downtown Shinnston each year.

View the city’s strategic plan here.

Boards and Committees

Home Rule

The City of Shinnston is included in the State’s Home Rule program.  A copy of the home rule provision is available for public review at the city office building, 40 Main Street, during regular business hours Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Questions? Ask Us Here.

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