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Citizens Academy

The 10-week City of Sanford Citizens Academy provides an opportunity for citizens to learn about City government through first-hand experience and gain exposure to the wide range of government functions, services and activities. (This is a free public information program).

The Citizens Academy is held weekly on Wednesday evenings, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. Participants are expected to attend at least 8 of the 10 sessions in order to receive a Certificate of Completion at a graduation ceremony at the City Commission Meeting, 300 N. Park Ave. Sanford, FL.

Citizen Academy Class 16 deadline to apply is January 13, 2022. Enrol today!

Program at a Glance

  • Objective – To inform citizens and stakeholders of the operations of city government and what is involved in delivering and maintaining services to the citizens of Sanford.

  • Benefits – Learn first-hand about Sanford’s city government and to create an environment of informed citizens who can become volunteers for appointed boards, task forces and commissions.

  • Class Size – Classes are limited to 35 participants. The Citizens Academy is open to anyone interested, must be 18 years old to participate.

  • Curriculum – A 2 hour weekly session, Wednesday nights for 10 weeks, ending with a graduation ceremony at the City Commission Meeting. Each session will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. Please note the various locations (locations subject to change):

For more information please contact:

Lisa Holder (407) 688-5019 Email: Communications Officer


City Commission Chambers, 300 N. Park Avennue

Meet the Mayor/City Manager/Deputy City Manager
Overview of Government Organization
Clerk’s office/Agendas and Public Records
City Attorney’s Office
Tour City Hall

Location TBD

Community Development/Neighborhood Engagement 
Human Resources/Risk Management

Location TBD

Land Use Planning/Zoning Regulations 
Building Division

Public Safety Complex, (Emergency Operations Center 2nd Floor) 815 Historic Goldsboro Boulevard, Sanford

Fire and EMS Services 
Emergency Preparedness 
Tour Fire Department 

Public Safety Complex, 815 Historic Goldsboro Boulevard, Sanford (Community Room 1st Floor)

Police Programs and Operations 
Tour Police Department 

Meet @ City Hall, Utility Training Room, 1st Floor, 300 N. Park Avenue

Overview of the Utility Department
Equipment Showcase
Overview of the Utility Department
Regulations/Rules Governing the Utility Operation
Customer Service/Obtaining Service
Water Production, Treatment and Transmission
Wastewater Collection, Treatment and Reuse 

Public Works Complex, 800 Fulton Street

Street Maintenance 
Fleet Maintenance 
Building Maintenance 
Stormwater Division
Solid Waste/Recycle

Meet @ City Hall 300 N. Park Avenue

Economic Development Overview,  Past, current and new plans for Economic Development

Location TBD

Events/Recreation Programs: Youth, Adults, Seniors 
Recreation Facilities 
Sanford Museum 
Parks and Grounds

City Hall, Utility Training Room, 1st Floor, 300 N. Park Avenue
Overview of the City’s Operating Budget/Budget Process
Financial Services
City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)
Grant Management
Accounts Payable/Receivables
Information Technology (IT)

Graduation Ceremony – City Commission Meeting 7pm, City Hall, 300 N. Park Ave., Sanford