Where Mountains & Music Make Memories

GATE CITY, Virginia

The Town of Gate City lies in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, an area rich in both Pioneer and Native American history. With a population of 2,034, Gate City is seat of Scott County’s government, and was founded and still is the principal gateway from Tennessee through Virginia to Kentucky. We are located only 10 minutes from Kingsport and 20 from Johnson City.

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Town Events

For a full calendar of events check out the complete Event Calendar on down the page

Gate City is full of exciting Events and Cultural Experiences that we welcome you to be a part of! Explore a town of friendly people and great atmosphere just beyond the highways, where city lights give way to majestic vistas and inviting venues. Check out our Local Business Directory

The best thing about all of our events is that you don't have to just be a spectator, come and meet us here so you can also be involved. Contact us direct if you would be interested in participating in any of the events we have scheduled.

Gate City Police Department

The Gate City Police Department is currently overseen by Acting Chief of Police Scott Fink. If you have an Emergency it is always best to call 911 Direct as they will be able to dispatch the closest officer to your location.

Gate City Town Application | Virginia State Police | SW Virginia Law Enforcement Academy

Virginia Sex Offender Registry | Homeland Security Investigations Victim Notification Program

Emergencies Call 911

  • Phone: (276) 386-6363
  • Dispatch: (276) 386-9111
  • Fax: (276) 386-7789
  • 1378 West Jackson Street Gate City, VA 24251

Ordinances & Policies

  • Listed are various ordinances and policies for the Town of Gate City, Virginia. The town is currently undergoing a recodification process. All current ordinances are on file at town hall.

Public Works & Water Development

For assistance call City Hall: (276) 386-3831 or for Water Leaks call: (276) 386-3260

Our Public Works Supervisor is Stoney Falin, who oversees and coordinates our Town Crew with the help of; Mark Falin, Gary Dougherty, Jerry Fleenor, Brian Dingus, & Matthew Ison

Brush & Junk Pickup is tentatively scheduled to take place Thursday of each week. If there is a water leak or other emergency pick up may be delayed. Please call Town Hall to place a work order. Our Water Plant Operator is Loretta Cruby & Wendell Daughtery II

Community Alerts

Gate City is currently developing new plans for Emergency Alerts and will be updating the community soon.


The Town Council meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at Town Hall. Special meetings of council can be found on the town calendar. Much of the Town Council minutes are available online through our Archived Minutes Page and additional minutes are available by contacting the Town Clerk.


Frances Perry


(276) 220-3368 /

ALLAN "COTTON" ROBERTS Vice Mayor - (276) 594-5010 /

ROGER CASSELL Council Member - (276) 386-3294 /

ROBIN RICHARDS Council Member - (276) 386-2833 /

WALLACE W. ROSS JR. Council Member -

WALTER SALYERS Council Member - (276) 386-6626 /


The Town Council relies on several boards and commissions to carry out the duties of government. These boards are staffed by volunteers. All meetings are open to the public and information for most Boards and the Council appear on the Town Calendar.

PLANNING COMMISSION meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month. The Commission reviews ordinances, subdivision and zoning requests, and performs research for the Town Council. Council Member, Roger Cassell. Minutes

SANITATION AUTHORITY meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. The Authority deals with matters related to sewerage within the town. Although appointed by council, the Authority is an independent legal entity. Council Member, Roger Cassell Minutes

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND REVILTALIZATION (EDARC) is tasked with business development and the promotion of Gate City's downtown. The committee meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at Town Hall at 6:30 p.m.

PARK COMMITTEE meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month at Town Hall at 4:30 PM. Council Members Robin Richards & Allan Cotton Roberts


CODIFICATION: Wallace W. Ross, Jr. - |Allen Cotton Roberts -


FINANCE: Roger Cassell - | Walter Salyers -

HISTORICAL: Wallace W. Ross, Jr. - |Robin Richards -

PERSONNEL: Robin Richards - | Walter Salyers -

SAFETY: Wallace W. Ross, Jr. -

STREETS: Roger Cassell - | Wallace W. Ross, Jr. -

WATER: Roger Cassell - | Wallace W. Ross, Jr. -



The town staff has been placed to help our community visitors and residence get the most out of Gate City. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have, we are always here to help and welcome the opportunity to get to better know everyone that lives in and visits Gate City, Virginia! If you are interested in the opputunity to be a part of Gate City Staff and Volunteers fill out our Employment Form.

Greg Jones

Town Manager

JUDY GUINN. Office Manager -

CHRIS EDWARDS. Treasurer -

KATHY RILEY. Town Clerk -

ROBERT MULLINS. Property Maintenance Official - (276) 220-3368 /

KATHY RILEY. Property Maintenance -

MICHELE B. BROOKS. Town Attorney - (276) 386-3171 /


Gate City is full of exciting Events and Cultural Experiences that we welcome you to be a part of! Explore a town of friendly people and great atmosphere just beyond the highways, where city lights give way to majestic vistas and inviting venues.

About Gate City

The Town offers residents a quiet location with several vintage and antique stores, as well as department stores, hardware stores, supermarkets, several restaurants, a park with little league baseball facilities, an elementary, middle and high school and much more, all with quick access to a major metropolitan area in neighboring Kingsport.

We invite you to visit our town and discover your own place here. Check out some of what's happening with Gate City and check out GovLinks site for special offers.


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