Cody Citizen’s Academy Kicks Off
Written by Andrew-Rossi on September 14, 2017
An opportunity for citizens to experience the inner workings of City governments – that’s how City officials describe the 2017 Cody Citizen’s Academy.
The educational sessions, sponsored by the City of Cody, kicked off last night with an ice breaker meal and gathering in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
According to Rick Manchester with the City of Cody, the academy’s main goals are to afford participants the opportunity to experience the “inner workings” of City departments, in order to better understand City management, operations and procedures; and the chance for City employees and citizens to interact and learn from each other, strengthening community interaction and involvement.
Manchester says the academy, which requires no cost to participate, has already paid off in the successful integration of graduates to City boards and elected offices.
Cody Mayor Matt Hall says his participation in the Citizen Academy two years ago contributed to his running for elected office last year.
Twelve cadets have been confirmed for the 2017 Cody’s Citizen Academy. Each Wednesday they will meet to learn more about various city departments, such as streets, utilities, administration, police, parks and recreation, planning and zoning, and the administrator and city council form of government.
The academy will continue through the middle of November.