City Council

Citizens Academy

Your City Government... Up Close & Personal

What's It All About: The Citizens Academy is a free, 10-week series of classes designed to give Midlanders a first-hand look at and in-depth understanding of how their city government functions.

Patterned after Midland Police and Sheriff's departments' Citizens Police Academy, the award-winning Citizens Academy explains the services offered through the City, how its governing process works, and how citizens can participate in that process. New in 2012, the program now includes one session on Midland County government.

During weekly two-hour sessions, participants learn about the responsibilities of City departments and the services they provide to the community.  Presentations and facility tours give participants a better understanding of the role local government plays in the quality of life that Midlanders enjoy.

Sessions are held at various locations in the city depending upon topics being covered.

Participant Selection:  Sessions are geared for smaller, more intimate settings with approximately 25 citizens selected at random from among applications received each fall. Preference is given to those living within Midland's city limits. Citizens who applied in previous years but were not selected due to space limitations are encouraged to apply again.

Contact the City Manager's Office at 989-837-3307 with any questions.

Award for Program:  Learn more about the academy's national recognition.

2014 Class:  Congratulations to our 2014 graduates (at right), who received high honors during our final session on Wed., March 19.

Many thanks to the 24 students who took the time out to learn about their city government.