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Avondale Citizen Leadership Academy Participants Complete 10-week Course

Post Date:05/08/2019

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Avondale Citizen Leadership Academy Participants Complete 10-week Course

Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise recognized the graduates of the 13th annual Avondale Citizen Leadership Academy Monday evening.  Ten participants took part in a ten-week course that offered a comprehensive, behind-the-scenes perspective of their city government, with interactive and informative workshops on topics ranging from the city budget to building strong neighborhoods.

 During the course, participants took part in a “quality of life” tour of city parks and facilities, got a close-up view of fire apparatus, toured the Charles M. Wolf Water Treatment Plant and learned about the budgeting process, open meeting law, and more. Through a “mock” jury trial and creative games, they developed a better understanding of local government and had the opportunity to ask questions of city staff.

“Avondale’s Citizens Leadership Academy is designed to encourage citizen engagement by providing participants an in-depth look at how the city works,” said Mayor Weise. “We want to encourage our residents to take on leadership roles in the community and provide them the tools they need to be effective, whether it’s serving on the board of their HOA, on a city board or commission or in seeking elected office.” 

 Comments for some of the participants included:

- “What an honor it was to meet officials of various agencies within the city of Avondale. We met some wonderful people and will definitely recommend this course to our neighbors.”

- “My family and I are so deep-rooted in Avondale, so to learn more about it and meet the people who take care of it really filled my heart with joy.  I had no idea how much work went into the background of keeping all the gears moving for the city.”

 Citizen Leadership Academy 2019 Graduates:

  • Mark Gage
  • Louisa Gomez
  • Ben Hicks
  • Corrie Hicks
  • Curtis Nielson
  • Patti Nielson
  • Tiffany Peroutka
  • Patty Rudolfo
  • Larry White       
  • Marsha White

 The next class is scheduled for Spring 2020. For more information about the Avondale Citizen Leadership Academy, please contact Emily Webb at or at (623) 333-1613.


 2019 Avondale Citizen Academy


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