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Snoqualmie Citizens Academy

The 2014 Citizens Academy will begin on Wednesday, September 10. Be part of this free seven-week course and get a first-hand look at how Snoqualmie's government works. The sessions will be led by Snoqualmie city officials and department heads. Sessions will be informal, interactive, and a lot of fun. 

Applications are now being accepted. Read further down this page for more information.

Citizens Academy Application
Citizens Academy Curriculum

Course Curriculum

Sessions take place in the City Hall Council Chambers unless otherwise noted. Some will include tours of city facilities.

Session One: Wednesday, September 10,  6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

  • 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: Wednesday, September 17, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

  • Dan Marcinko, Director of Public Works
    Infrastructure: How Snoqualmie Works -- streets, water, wastewater, wastewater treatment
    Participants will tour city facilities.

Session Three: Wednesday, September 24, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

  • Dan Marcinko, Interim Director of Parks & Recreation
    Parking Lots to Paradise
    Learn more about the parks in your city and the people who maintain them.
    This session includes a tour of some of the city facilities and a game to test your knowledge.

Session Four: Wednesday, October 1, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

  • Bob Sterbank, City Attorney
    Legal Authority
  • Rob Orton, Finance Officer
    Finance 101 - Budget Basics
    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: Saturday, October, 4 2013, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Location: Snoqualmie Police Department (Lunch will be provided.)

  • Police Chief Steve McCulley
    Protecting Our Community
    Session will be at the Snoqualmie Police Department; lunch will be provided

Session Six: Wednesday, October 8, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

  • Nancy Tucker, Director of Planning
    The Planning Universe: Learn about the City's long-range planning, land use management, zoning code development, development review processes, and how citizens can be involved. We will discuss the link between the Growth Management Act and the City's Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations; State Shoreline Management and the City's Shoreline Master Program; the State Environmental Policy Act; Floodplain management; the City's Sustainability Strategy; and historic preservation.
  • Dan Thomason, 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 that most people never see. 

Session Seven: Wednesday, October 15,  6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

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

Conclusion: Monday, October 27,  7:00 p.m.

  • Graduation and Certificates!

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 networking dinner in March 2013.

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