Tuesday, August 26, 2014

City of Sanford Launches Its First Citizens' Academy

Residents of Sanford and Lee County are invited to participate in the City of Sanford’s first Citizens’ Academy.

The program will consist of eight interactive sessions that give participants an inside look at the City’s many facilities and processes, including tours of the Water Treatment Plant, Wastewater Treatment Plant, Municipal Golf Course, and both the Sanford Police Department and Sanford Fire Department.

Academy Mission

Participation in the Sanford Citizens’ Academy is free. The program’s goal is to educate residents about how their city government functions. At the end of the program, participants should have a greater understanding of how and why municipal decisions are made. Upon completion, residents should be more engaged in and knowledgeable about the City’s decision making process.

“The key to having a good city is having many ambassadors for your city who understand the process and have seen what it’s like to be on the staff side of the equation and understand what it takes to make a city run,” says Mayor Chet Mann, who spearheaded the program in conjunction with Councilwoman Rebecca Wyhof. “Those ambassadors can then help others understand why we do the things we do,” he says.

How To Participate

The Citizens’ Academy will be limited to 10 participants. Sessions will run on Tuesdays from September 9, 2014 through October 27, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. One night session will be required at the end of the program.

For more information about the Sanford Citizens’ Academy or to apply, visit our website or contact Kelly Quiñones Miller at 919-777-1133.

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