Jul 2, 2015

City of Cody seeking participants for first-ever citizen academy

Want to learn how Cody's city government actually works?

Coordinators of the City of Cody Citizen Academy are currently seeking folks who want to participate in the city's first-ever academy.

The academy is intended to let participants experience the “inner‐workings” of city departments and get a better understanding of city management, operations and procedures. City employees, meanwhile, will get a chance to learn from the citizens participating in the academy. City leaders hope the whole process will strengthen the ties between the Cody community and the city government.

Academy participants will interact with employees in city administration, parks and recreation, public works, electric, water, wastewater and police departments.  Sessions will be taught by city employees and run on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m., beginning on Sept. 16. Meals will be provided.

“We are exploring interesting exercises and topics that participants will learn,” the city said in a letter announcing the academy. “Potential sessions include city customer service responsibilities, city finances, parks and recreation activities, building security searches, crime scene investigations, firearms handling, utility bucket truck, trencher, city council proceedings, legal, and the city budget process.”

The academy is free for participants. The city will spend up to $2,000 on the program, with an additional $2,000 coming from a Wyoming Business Council grant.

Academy coordinators will be screening applicants to ensure they represent a cross‐section of the community.

“We are seeking academy participants of all ages, and that are from all walks of life – retirees, laborers, business owners and administrative professionals,” said the city's letter, calling it a “unique activity based learning opportunity.”

Applications are due by July 29. They can be downloaded by clicking here or can be requested from Rick Manchester at the Paul Stock Aquatic & Recreation Center (307‐527‐3484 or RickM@cityofcody.com).

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