Opinion | Stepping up to learn about their city at Snoqualmie academy

Most years, I put a quick plug on this page to remind locals about the Snoqualmie Citizens Academy. This year, it seems my work is done for me. Word is that the academy is filling fast.

The Citizen Academy is Snoqualmie-centric, but anyone can benefit from the series of classes that explore what makes cities tick. It’s a great way to clear up any mysteries you may hold over local government, and is often a stepping stone to deeper involvement in your community. The seven-week course is free of charge.

To register, complete the application on the city website (see Public Input box on the home page) or contact Jodi Warren, City Clerk, at 425-888-1555 ext. 1118 or jwarren@ci.snoqualmie.wa.us.

Citizen Academy curriculum

• History of Snoqualmie -- Local Historian Dave Battey

• A political perspective -- Mayor Matt Larson

• A simulated City Council meeting by participants -- Facilitated by Jodi Warren, City Clerk

• How Snoqualmie Works: Infrastructure -- Dan Marcinko, Dir. of Public Works (plus tour)

• Building and Code Enforcement: The Silent Defenders -- Dan Thomason, Dir. Of Building

• The Planning Universe -- Nancy Tucker, Dir. of Planning

• Parks & Recreation: Parking Lots to Paradise -- Dan Marcinko, Interim Dir. Of Parks & Rec.

• Police: Protecting Our Community -- Police Chief Steve McCulley

• Legal Authority -- Pat Anderson, City Attorney

• Finance 101: Where city revenues come from and where your property taxes go. Take the budget challenge and see how decisions are made. -- Rob Orton, Finance Officer.

• Fire and Emergency Management: Protecting life and property, and managing disasters -- Fire Chief Bob Rowe


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