Kennewick offers 2-day Citizen’s Academy for the civic-minded

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The city of Kennewick is gearing up to host a 2-day citizen’s academy for anyone interested in learning more about how the city works.

Evelyn Lusignan with the city of Kennewick says they’ve seen a recent surge in residents wanting to get involved.

“We had an overwhelming response to the recent council vacancy that we had, with over 30 applicants, which was unprecedented for us,” Lusignan said. “We also have lots of boards and commissions that citizens can serve on, whether it’s parks commission, planning commission, housing– anything that someone has a passion in having an influence in the city, we have a board or commission for that.”

The Citizen’s Academy is February 20th and 21st, just weeks before the city begins accepting applications for those wanting to be appointed to a term on a city board or commission.

“It’s good to find out more about what the city does, looking at the budget and priorities, our form of government, how we’re structured,” Lusignan said. “Just to get more informed before making that decision on how they can get plugged in.”

For more information and to register, visit the city’s website.

This is different than the 5-week Citizen’s Police Academy, which is also accepting applicants.

Starting in March, the city of Kennewick will begin accepting applications for residents who want to fill several expected vacancies on boards and commissions.




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