Citizens' Academy

2016 Citizens' Academy 

The City of Fayetteville wants citizens to be a part of the 2016 Citizens' Academy this fall. Classes start Thursday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. and are held each Thursday through Nov. 17. The Citizens' Academy is free of charge.

The Citizens’ Academy is fun and interactive. The class meets once a week and gives citizens the opportunity to learn more about local government and take ownership of their community. The Citizens’ Academy also helps citizens understand how the City provides services to residents. Citizens learn what City departments do and how they do it.

Citizens will get an up-close look at all the major departments across the City, to include the Police Department, Fire Department Training Facility, Fayetteville Regional Airport and learn about the City’s budget process. The class will be opened by the Mayor and City Manager and the graduation ceremony will be hosted by a Council member.

The City hopes that informed citizens are able to take information to community groups and share with neighbors. It may even encourage some to be involved in building a better community by becoming members of boards and commissions.

“This is a great way to learn more about what City government does to serve its citizens,” Corporate Communications Director Kevin V. Arata said. “Last year’s class of 43 students learned a lot about our City and had very positive comments about their experiences. We have increased this year’s class to accommodate even more citizens and look forward to showing off our employees and departments to the community.”

How To Apply 

To apply, click here, call 910-433-1710 or 910-728-5943; or email

The class size will be capped at 55, so please apply as soon as possible.

Fall 2016 Schedule




Thursday, 10/6

6-9 p.m.


Mayor (Nat Robertson/introduction /30 mins)

City Manager (Doug Hewett/1 hr)

Public Communication (Kevin Arata/15 mins)

History of Fayetteville (Bruce Daws/1 hr)

City Hall (Council Chamber), 433 Hay St.

Thursday, 10/13

6-9 p.m.


Fire/Emergency Management (Chief Ben Major/2 hrs)

Airport (Brad Whited/1 hr)

Fire Training Center, 3065 Radar Road, and Airport, 400 Airport Road


Thursday, 10/20

6-9 p.m.


Environmental Services (Jerry Dietzen/30 mins)

Strategic Performance Analytics (Rebecca Rogers Carter/30 mins)

Budget & Evaluation (Tracey Broyles/30 mins)

Public Works Commission (Carolyn Justice-Hinson/1 hr)

City Hall (Council Chamber),

433 Hay St.

Thursday, 10/27

6-9 p.m.


Economic and Business Development (Jim Palenick/30 mins)

Human Relations (Dr. Anthony Wade/15 mins)

Planning & Code Enforcement (Scott Shuford/45 mins)

Community Development (Victor Sharpe/30 mins)

City Hall (Council Chamber),

433 Hay St.

Thursday, 11/3

6-9 p.m.


Police Department

Police Department, 467 Hay St.

11/8 or 11/9 (TBD)

6-9 p.m.


Engineering and Infrastructure/Traffic Lights

(Rob Stone & Lee Jernigan/2 hrs)

Transit (Randy Hume/1 hr, bus trip to Multimodal Transit Center)


Traffic Services, 339 Alexander St., and Multimodal Transit Center, Robeson Street

Thursday, 11/17

6-9 p.m.


Dinner (30 mins)

Parks & Recreation (Michael Gibson/1 hr)

N.C. Veterans Park Tour (Bruce Daws/30 mins)

Boards & Commissions (Council Member Bobby Hurst/30 mins)

Citizens’ Academy Graduation (Council Member Bobby Hurst/30 mins)

N.C. Veterans Park, 300 Bragg Blvd.


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