Citizens Academy - Your Government in Action

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Congratulations to our 2019 Citizens Academy Graduates!

The 2020 Citizens Academy has been completed, with 25 new CA Alumni graduating on March 11, 2020. Congratulations, grads!

Steven Ancel
Kevin Andriot
Kimberlee Baczewski
Daniel Chalk
Tamara Chalk
Fred Chandler
Sarah Dufour
Pedro Figueroa
Krystien Gillette
Jill Goldberg
David Griffus
Michael Herriage
John Huntley

Phyllis Kaya
Diana Kelley
Peggy Kernstock
Andrea Mammel
Elaine Manley
Mark May
Eric Perala
Connie Schmidt
Kayla Susko
Karen Williams
Brenda Woods
Monica Young


Applications for the 2021 Citizens Academy will be made available beginning in November 2020. Please watch this page and the City’s Facebook and Twitter channels for updates as we approach the application period.

See Your City Government Up-Close & Personal!

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Ever wonder why the police department has a canine unit, how your water is kept clean and safe for drinking, or how the Engineering Department determines which roads will be built each year? We'll tell you, during the City's Citizens Academy!

The annual Citizens Academy is a free 10-week series of classes designed to teach citizens about how their local government works for them. The academy is held from mid-January through mid-March each year and takes participants through the various functions of City government The academy also includes a bonus session with Midland County government and presentations from area organizations including Midland Tomorrow and the Midland County Historical Society.

Program Description

Citizens Academy is held on Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with optional tours at some of the class facilities that can take up to 1 hour.

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

Sessions and tours are held at various locations throughout the City, including the Law Enforcement Center, the Midland County Jail, City Hall, and more.

Participant Selection

Due to space limitations, Citizens Academy classes are limited in size. Preference is given to those living within Midland's city limits. Citizens who applied in previous years but were not selected are encouraged to apply again!

 To apply for the Citizens Academy program, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Reside in Midland County (preference given to residents within City limits)
  • Be able to attend classroom-style sessions for 2 hours per week from January to March
  • Have an interest in learning more about your local government!

Contact the City Manager's Office at 989-837-3307 or via email for more information.