The legislative authority of the government of the City of Waynesboro is a City Council composed of a mayor and six council members. The city is divided into three wards for the purpose of elections. The wards are designated as Ward I, Ward II, and Ward III. Two council members are elected from each ward by the voters in that ward. Each ward represents a defined geographical area of the city. The members of the City Council serve four year terms. Terms are staggered with elections held every two years.
The Mayor, who is head and chief elected officer for the city, presides over all meetings of City Council voting only in case of a tie. The Mayor exercises general supervision over administrative work of the city and signs all written and approved contracts. The City Council is vested with all powers of government of the City of Waynesboro. In addition to all other powers conferred upon it by law, the Council has the authority to adopt and provide for the execution of ordinances, resolutions, rules, and regulations and may enforce such ordinances by imposing penalties for violations. A City Manager, who is the chief executive and administrative officer of the city, is appointed by the Mayor and City Council. The City Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the city.
Regular Council Meetings are held every first and third Mondays of the month at 6:30 p.m. The meetings are held in the Council Room at City Hall at 628 Myrick Street. All Regular Council Meetings that fall on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, Memorial Day, and Labor Day are automatically rescheduled for the following day (Tuesday). Individuals desiring to address Council should call Jerry Coalson, City Manager, to be placed on the agenda the week before the scheduled meeting. Anyone needing assistance in order to attend Council Meetings, please call City Manager Coalson at 706 554-8000.