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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. Class 17 Begins September 7.

Class 17 is now filled.

Class 18 application submittal opens February, 2023.

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:


City Commission Chambers, 300 N. Park Avennue
  • Introductions
  • Meet the Mayor/City Manager/Assistant City Manager
  • Overview of Government Organization
  • Communications
  • Clerk’s office/Agendas and Public Records
  • City Attorney’s Office
  • Tour City Hall
Location TBD
  • Land Use Planning/Zoning Regulations
  • Building Division

Location TBD

  • Community Relations/Neighborhood Engagement
  • Human Resources/Risk Management
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 
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 
Location TBD
  • Events/Recreation Programs: Youth, Adults, Seniors
  • Recreation Facilities
  • Sanford Museum
  • Parks and Grounds
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
Sanford Civic Center, 401 E Seminole Boulevard
  • Overview of the City’s Operating Budget/Budget Process
  • Financial Services
  • City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)
  • Grant Management
  • Accounts Payable/Receivables
  • Purchasing
  • Information Technology (IT)
City Commission Chambers, 300 N. Park Avennue
  • Ceremony to be held during regular City Commission meeting at 7pm

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

300 N Park Ave
Sanford FL, 32771

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