What is the Citizens Academy?
The City of Snoqualmie is offering a free seven-week course for citizens to 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.
Watch this video of Citizens Academy graduates talking about the course. This video was the featured RISE (Recognize, Inspire, Share, Engage) presentation at the Sound Cities Association networking dinner in March 2013.
Citizens Academy Curriculum
Sessions take place in the City Hall Council Chambers unless otherwise noted. Some will include tours of city facilities.
- 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
- Dan Marcinko, Director of Public Works
Infrastructure: How Snoqualmie Works -- streets, water, wastewater, wastewater treatment
Participants will tour city facilities.
- 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.
- 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 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.
Week Five (at the Police Department)
- Police Chief Steve McCulley
Protecting Our Community
- Pat Anderson, City Attorney
- 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.
- Fire Chief Bob Rowe
Fire and Emergency Management
Protecting life, property and managing disasters
- Graduation and Certificates!