Citizens Academy

City of Victoria Citizens Academy 5-Week Virtual Program Wednesdays, April 7–May 5, 2021

Are you curious about how your city government works? Are you interested in participating in discussions and decisions that affect your quality of life? Do you want to see what the inside of a sewer pipe really looks like?

From city streets to park trails, staff at the City of Victoria lay the foundations for the community to connect and grow. In this year’s Citizens Academy program, residents will discover how the City plans for future growth while preserving its past.

Over the 5-week program, City of Victoria staff and partners will discuss the impact and background of a number of topics.

Session #1 on April 7, 2021

  • Inside Our Local Government

    Dana Hardie, City Manager, City of Victoria

  • A History of Victoria
    Miles Jewell, Curator of Education & Exhibits, Carver County Historical Society

Session #2 on April 14, 2021

  • Inside the Parks and Recreation Department

    Ann Mahnke, Parks & Recreation Director, City of Victoria

  • Inside the Finance Department
    Trisha Pollock, Finance & Human Resources Director, City of Victoria

Session #3 on April 21, 2021 

  • Inside the Community Development Department

    Marty Doll, Community & Economic Development Director, City of Victoria

  • A Look at Local Elections
    Cindy Patnode, City Clerk, City of Victoria

Session #4 on April 28, 2021

  • Inside the Public Works Department

    Dave Shoger, Public Works Director, City of Victoria

  • Inside the Engineering Department
    Cara Geheren, City Engineer, City of Victoria

Session #5 on May 5, 2021

  • A Look at Public Safety

    Kory Hanson, Carver County Sheriff’s Office

  • Inside the Fire Department
    Andrew Heger, Fire Chief, Victoria Fire Department, City of Victoria

The Victoria Citizens Academy draws on learning from successful citizen academies across the nation. These academies are often modeled after citizens police academies, which began in the mid-1980’s as a tool to foster stronger citizen commitment to police department and community, in an effort to reduce crime. Citizen police academies are now popular in communities large and small throughout the country.

Program Details

Dates: Wednesdays, April 7 to May 5, 2021
Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
Location: Virtual Program

Contact Us

Kendra Grahl
Communications & Public Engagement Manager
Email Kendra Grahl


Registration is now closed for the 2021 program.