The Citizens Academy is a free seven-week course offered to Snoqualmie residents so they can get a first-hand look at how Snoqualmie's government works.
The sessions are led by Snoqualmie city leadership and department directors. Sessions are informal, interactive, and a lot of fun!
How to Participate
Welcome and Introductions
- History: Learn about Snoqualmie’s history along with a look to the future. Presenter: Dave Battey, Official Snoqualmie Historian
- A Political Perspective: Presenter: Mayor Matt Larson
- Mock City Council Meeting: Participate as council members and/or the public.
Facilitator: Jodi Warren, City Clerk
- Parks and Recreation: Learn about the City’s expansive parks system and the people who maintain it.
- Tour: Visit city facilities and test your knowledge through a game
Public Works Division
- Public Works: Explore city infrastructure, streets, water, and wastewater.
- Tour: Visit city facilities
- Police Department: Explore the many ways the Police Department protects the community.
- This session is held on a Saturday at the Police Station where participants get a hands-on tour and enjoy lunch with the Police Chief.
Legal and Finance
- Legal Authority: Learn about the organic authority of cities, separation of Mayor and City Council powers, open government, meetings, and the Public Records Act.
- Finance 101: Delve into where city revenue comes from, where property taxes go, how tax dollars support city services and programs, and how voter initiatives impact the city’s budget.
- The Planning Universe: Examine the City’s long-range planning, land use management, zoning code development, and the development review processes
- Background: Learn about the link between the Growth Management Act and the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations, State Shoreline Management; State Environmental Policy Act, Floodplain Management, and Sustainability Strategy
- The Silent Defenders: Includes Building Code Enforcement information about fire protection, prevention, and suppression related to building inspections with the purpose to protect life and property.
Fire and Emergency Services
- Fire and Emergency Management: Gain insights into protecting life and property and managing disasters.
- Tour: Includes a tour of the Fire Station
Upon completion of the Citizens Academy, participants are presented with certificates at a Snoqualmie City Council Meeting.