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Snoqualmie Citizens Academy

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 are led by Snoqualmie city officials and department directors. Sessions are informal, interactive, and a lot of fun. 

The next Citizens Academy will be in 2016. For more information or early registration, please contact Jodi Warren, City Clerk, at 425-888-1555 ext. 1118 or

Course Curriculum

Session One

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Dave Battey, Local Historian: A look back at our history and a look forward to our future
  • Mayor Matt Larson: A political perspective.
  • Jodi Warren, City Clerk: Learn about our local government and how decisions are made; participate in a mock city council meeting 

Session Two

  • Dan Marcinko, Director of Parks & Public Works
    Learn about Snoqualmie's expansive parks system and the people who maintain them.
    This session includes a tour of some city facilities. 

Session Three

  • Dan Marcinko, Director of Parks & Public Works
    Learn about city infrastructure, streets, water, and wastewater treatment
    This session includes a tour of some city facilities. 

Session Four

  • Bob Sterbank, City Attorney 
    Municipal Law 101: Learn about the authority of cities, separation of Mayor and City Council powers, open meetings, and the Public Records Act.
  • Rob Orton, Finance Officer
    Finance 101: Learn where city revenue comes from and where your property taxes go. Learn how tax dollars support city services and programs and how voter initiatives impact the city’s budget. Take the budget challenge and see how difficult budget decisions are made.  

Session Five

  • Police Chief Steve McCulley
    Explore the many ways the Police Department protects the community of Snoqualmie.
    Session includes tour of the Police Department facility. Lunch will be provided.

Session Six

  • Mark Hofman, Director of Community Development
    Examine the City's long-range planning, land use management, zoning code development, and development review processes. Discuss 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 the City's Sustainability Strategy.
  • John Cooper, Building Official
    Building/Code Enforcement - "The Silent Defenders"
    This is in line with the various aspects of fire protection/prevention/suppression in the built environment that the Building Dept. / Fire Marshal's Office perform in inspections to protect life and property 

Session Seven

  • Fire Chief Mark Correira 
    Fire and Emergency Management
    Protecting life, property and managing disasters


  • Graduation and 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.

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