The Salisbury Citizen’s Academy, a 10-week academy in which residents learn firsthand about city operations, is now accepting applications for class members.
The Citizen’s Academy, now in its sixth year, is held on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8 p.m. beginning Thursday, Sept. 5 through Thursday, Nov. 7. Participants will receive hands-on, inside views of various city departments each week, discovering greater understanding of how and why Salisbury provides its municipal services. Some of the experiences will include learning how the city budget is created with the finance department, using the Jaws of Life at the fire department and playing recreational activities offered with parks and recreation. Dinner is served at each class.
“Seeing the citizens interact with our employees is one of the most rewarding aspects of the program,” said Kelly Baker, director of administrative services. “Not only do citizens get to see how their services are provided but who actually provides them. From Administration to Zoning and everything in between, departments have been able to build relationships with participants and the impact has been more valuable than we could have anticipated.”
The deadline for applications for the City of Salisbury Citizen’s Academy is Friday, July 19 at 5 p.m.
Applications are available online at www.salisburync.gov/citizensacademy
, by contacting the administration office at (704) 638-5233
, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Participants must be at least 16 years of age and class size is limited to 20 participants. Priority will be given to residents of Salisbury.