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If you are interested in signing up for Citizen's Academy or would like more information on the program, contact:

Kevin Cook
Director of Communications

Ph:  (863)834-6264

Citizens Academy

Citizens Academy is a free, hands-on, interactive public information program that allows citizens an insight into City services and the functions of City departments. The class size in limited to the first 30 residents that sign-up because of the interactive nature of the program.

The Citizens Academy program will consist of six (6), two (2) hour evening sessions, every Thursday, beginning on February 25, 2016.

All sessions, unless otherwise noted, are from 6-8 p.m. and will be held in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall, 228 South Massachusetts Avenue (Arrive a little early to enjoy pizza and refreshments). During the course, several sessions will meet away from City Hall.

2016 Citizens Academy Sessions

(following each session, the presentations that were made will be linked below)

    • February 25th  – History and Finance
    • March 3rd   – Lakeland Police Department at Police Station
    • March 10th  – Lakeland Fire Department at Fire Station One
    • March 17th  – Public Works, Planning at Solid Waste
    • March 31st   – Electric and Water Utilities at Unit 5
    • April 2nd   – Parks & Recreation & Graduation
Lakeland’s Citizens Academy is a free public information program. The purpose of the Citizens Academy is to familiarize citizens in the community with Lakeland’s City government. The program will include the function of City departments, explain the relationship between the City Commission and City Administration, allow an overview of the budgetary process and it will provide an outlet for citizen input. The Citizens Academy is an interactive program that is open to anyone interested.

All participants interested in the Citizens Academy are encouraged to attend all of the sessions in order to get the most from the program.  The Citizens Academy is a hands-on experience that will allow Lakeland residents to get a behind the scenes look of how city government operates. The class will graduate with a certificate in “Governmentology” and a key to the city at the end of the last session.