City of San Mateo Fall 2018 City Services Academy

City Services Academy Now Accepting Applications 

Apply now for the fall 2018 class. San Mateo’s City Services Academy is a comprehensive, hands-on learning experience that gives participants the opportunity to interact with City staff and learn about the challenges facing municipal government today.

Interactive activities will give Academy participants a better understanding of the evolving principles of the City of San Mateo’s Council/City Manager form of government. The Departments involved include City Attorney, City Clerk, City Council, City Manager, Community Development Department, Finance Department, Fire Department, Human Resources, Information Technology, Library, Parks and Recreation, Police, and Public Works. 

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Find out how local government functions!

The Purpose of the Academy

The City Services Academy is designed to provide those who work or live in the City with an opportunity to learn firsthand how the City of San Mateo is managed and operated. 

Taught by City staff, the Academy will provide an interactive learning experience in which the instructors and students can learn from each other through case studies, site tours, class discussions, and hands-on experience. Participants will learn about challenges the City is facing and investigate how creative management and budgetary solutions have been used to address these challenges. 

Who Can Participate and How to Join

The City Services Academy is open to anyone, eighteen or older, who works or resides in the City of San Mateo and has an interest in City government. Participants must be willing to devote one night (Wednesday) per week, August 22—November 14.

The Academy is FREE to all participants. To receive an application or for more information, please contact Laurie Strange at 522-7019 or

Applications are due by August 10, 2018. To ensure the quality of instruction and interaction with participants, class size is limited. Those not selected for the current Academy will be considered for subsequent academies. [Please note: Once we are at capacity, we will no longer accept applications for our 2018 City Services Academy]. 

Please return your completed application to:  
San Mateo City Services Academy, 
c/o Office of the City Manager,
330 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403 

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