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.
Dates: Wednesdays, April 7 to May 5, 2021
Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
Location: Virtual Program
Communications & Public Engagement Manager
Email Kendra Grahl
Registration is now closed for the 2021 program.