Citizens Academy

Knowledge of the City, Charter, Boundary Charts, History, etc. (7 sessions at 2 hours each)

  • What is a Citizens Academy?
    • The Academy is a learning forum intended to provide participants with insight on how county government works; promote open lines of communication between citizens and County staff; provide information on how citizens can easily utilize the services offered by County Government; and provide a realistic and clear understanding of County Government.
  • What is the purpose of the Academy?
    • The Academy is designed to increase understanding between our citizens and their municipality’s services through education. Our intent is to better acquaint citizens with the tasks that their City, Town or Village deals with on a daily basis.
  • Who teaches the Academy sessions?
    • For the first seven nights, an FIU moderator will help give the perspective of national, state and local trends in the topics being discussed. The particular City will provide an expert from the field to bring relevant information about their City, Town or Village to the program. This program is designed to be interactive and informative.

The program is designed to be a two-hour program to occur once a week for seven weeks. The Metropolitan Center Training Institute will put together course material for the Citizens Academy and provide an opening and closing presenter. A tentative outline for the Academy follows:

Week One - What is City Government

A university representative will discuss the differences in governmental authority between federal, state, county, and city. It will also go into the type of government their City, Town or Village has and differences in local models.

Week Two - The Manager

Council form of Government. This module should involve the City Manager and at least one Councilperson to discuss their roles in the process.

Week Three - How Does the City Run?

The University will provide a moderator. In this module an Assistant City Manager and the Budget Director should participate to explain the process of budgeting and what services are provided.

Week Four - Fire and Police Safety

A university moderator and the Police Chief or Department Spokesperson.

Week Five - Community Safety

A university moderator and the directors of the departments of Water and Power will explain what these services provide, why this City is unique in having them and why it is important to have them.

Week Six - Code Enforcement

A university moderator and the director of the code enforcement agency.

Week Seven - Fighting City Hall – Customer Service

A university moderator. Review what was accomplished and complete graduation.

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