The City Council recently recognized the graduates of its first Citizens Academy.
The academy was launched in July to give citizens a chance to learn more about the workings of local government and become more involved in the shaping and development of the community, according to the city. Nineteen residents participated in six sessions conducted over a 12-week period.
Course topics included "City Government 101" which highlighted the city's history, organization and adopted strategic and business plans. Department heads and staff from community services, development services, finance, police, fire and engineering provided overviews of the inner workings, accomplishments and future plans of their respective departments.
Bonnie Turnbull, Chris Beni, Eoin Doherty, Jameson Honeycutt, Josh Hempel, Perry O'Bray, Philip Armstrong, Ruben Zepeda-Raya, Russ Dahler, Ryan Payne, Shawn Kearney and Scott Homolka made up the first class.
The South Lake Tahoe Citizens Academy is a free, six-session interactive course designed to provide residents with an in-depth look into municipal government, as well as, information about the services and programs of the dity of South Lake Tahoe. The next academy will be offered in Spring 2013. For more information, visit www.cityofslt.us/academy.