Welcome Home! The City of Shinnston is located in the heart of "Mountaineer Country" in North Central West Virginia. With over 2,240 residents, Shinnston combines a proud history, a solid present, and an exciting future and provides a unique quality of life to families and individuals looking for the small town life, with easy access to larger areas.
On our web pages you will find all the information you need to know about our community, its economy, education system, recreation, special events, and local government, as well as other interesting sites about West Virginia. Shinnston is also one of ten award-winning Blueprint Communities in the state of West Virginia and is committed to developing its assets to the fullest of its potential. Our community also plays host to Frontier Days, Relay for Life and many other community involvement programs designed to better our area. We invite you to tour our town and enjoy our site.
***Shinnston Council Election – Candidate Filing Period***
On June 7, 2016 four of the seven member Council for the City of Shinnston will be elected or re-elected by the registered voters of Shinnston.
The Charter of the City states that a candidate for Council must be a qualified voter and resident of the City and shall hold no other elected office during their tenure on Council. A Council member may not be employed by the City in any other capacity during their term on Council.
Generally, Council terms are four years long. The Council is made up of one representative from each of the City’s four wards and three members elected from the entire City. The ward representatives were chosen in 2014 and in June the at-large members will be selected. When Ward III Council Member David Signorelli passed away, Council made an appointment to fill that seat, so as per the City Charter the remaining 2 years of the Ward III seat will also be on the ballot.
Those persons interested in becoming a candidate for Council must file a Certificate of Candidacy with the City Clerk in the period of January 11, 2016 through January 30, 2016 and pay a filing fee of ten dollars if they want their name to appear on the ballot for the June 7, 2016 election. Candidates are also required to keep track of and report any spending they do for the election. Beginning in January, the Certificates of Candidacy will be available at the City Business Office, or they can be downloaded from the Secretary of State’s web site. These documents must be filled out and notarized and returned to the City Office with the filing fee during the candidate filing period.
The Shinnston City Council meets the second and last Mondays of each month at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers at 43 Bridge Street. Their compensation is fifty dollars per meeting attended with a maximum of one hundred dollars per month. The City Charter can be found at www.shinnstonwv.com under the documents tab.
The mission of the City of Shinnston is to provide excellent utility, public works, and customer services; to encourage economic development of the City; to ensure public safety; and to foster an atmosphere of community involvement.