The Snoqualmie Citizens Academy is a free seven-week course offered to citizens to get a first-hand look at how Snoqualmie's government works. The sessions, which are led by Snoqualmie city officials and department directors, are informal, interactive, and a lot of fun -- see the detailed curriculum below.
The 2017 Citizens Academy starts September 13 -- register now! For more information, contact Jodi Warren, City Clerk, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-888-1555 ext. 1118.
Wednesday, September 13, 6:00-8:30 p.m., City Hall – Welcome and Introductions
- History: Learn about Snoqualmie’s history along with a look to the future. Presenter: Dave Battey, Official Snoqualmie Historian.
- A Political Perspective: Presenter: Mayor Matt Larson.
- Mock City Council Meeting: Participate as council members and/or the public. Facilitator: Jodi Warren, City Clerk.
Wednesday, September 20, 6:00-8:30 p.m., City Hall – Parks and Recreation
- Parks & Recreation: Learn about the City’s expansive parks system and the people who maintain it. Presenter: Dan Marcinko, Director of Parks & Public Works.
- Tour: Visit city facilities and test your knowledge through a game.
Wednesday, September 27, 6:00-8:30 p.m., City Hall – Public Works
- Public Works: Explore city infrastructure, streets, water, and wastewater. Presenter: Dan Marcinko, Director of Parks and Public Works.
- Tour: Visit city facilities.
Saturday, September 30, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Police Station – Police Services
- Police Department: Explore the many ways the Police Department protects the community. Presenter: Perry Phipps, Police Chief.
- Tour: Includes a tour of the Police Department and lunch.
Wednesday, October 4, 6:00-8:30 p.m., City Hall – Legal and Finance
- Legal Authority: Learn about the organic authority of cities, separation of Mayor and City Council powers, open government, meetings, and the Public Records Act. Presenter: Bob Sterbank, City Attorney.
- Finance 101: Delve into where city revenue comes from, where property taxes go, how tax dollars support city services and programs, and how voter initiatives impact the city’s budget. Presenter: Nicholas Lee, Finance Officer.
Wednesday, October 11, 6:00-8:30 p.m., City Hall – Community Development
- The Planning Universe: Examine the City’s long-range planning, land use management, zoning code development, and the development review processes.
- Background: Learn about the link between the Growth Management Act and the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations, State Shoreline Management; State Environmental Policy Act, Floodplain Management, and Sustainability Strategy.
- Presenter: Mark Hofman, Director of Community Development.
- The Silent Defenders: Includes Building Code Enforcement information about fire protection, prevention, and suppression related to building inspections with the purpose to protect life and property. Presenter: John Cooper, Building Official.
Wednesday, October 18, 6:00-8:30 p.m., Fire Station – Fire and Emergency Services
- Fire & Emergency Management: Gain insights into protecting life and property and managing disasters. Presenter: Mark Correira, Fire Chief.
- Tour: Includes a tour of the Fire Station.
Monday, October 23, 7:00 p.m., City Hall – Graduation!
- Certificate of Completion: Upon completion of the course, participants presented with certificates at a Snoqualmie City Council Meeting.
Watch this video of recent Citizens Academy graduates talking about their experience. This video was the featured RISE (Recognize, Inspire, Share, Engage) presentation at the Sound Cities Association.