Citizens Academy

Citizens Academy

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From city streets to park trails, staff at the City of Victoria lay the foundations for the community to connect and grow.

In this year’s Citizens Academy program, residents will discover how the City plans for future growth while preserving its natural amenities. Throughout the program, City of Victoria staff and partners will discuss the impact and background of a number of topics.

Example of Citizens Academy Sessions
Citizens Academy Session #1 Information

Location: Council Chambers, City Hall, 1670 Stieger Lake Lane, Victoria, MN 55386
  • Welcome 
    Debra McMillan, Mayor, City of Victoria
  • Meet Victoria Today: An Overview of the City of Victoria
    Dana Hardie, City Manager, City of Victoria
  • A Look at Victoria Before: A History of Victoria
    Jayna Hulleman, Curator of Education & Exhibits, Carver County Historical Society
Citizens Academy Session #2 Information
Location: Public Works Building, 8001 Bavaria Road, Victoria, MN 55386
  • Keeping Victoria Together: The Many Jobs of Public Works
    Dave Shoger, Public Works Director, City of Victoria
  • A Map of Victoria: Laying the Groundwork to Grow
    Cara Geheren, City Engineer, City of Victoria
 Citizens Academy Session #3 Information
Location: Lions Pavilion, Lions Park, 1505 82nd Street, Victoria, MN 55386
  • A Growing Victoria: Planning What’s Next for Victoria
    Jenn Brewington, Community & Economic Development Director, City of Victoria
  • Victoria’s Voice: The Election Process in Victoria
    Alyssa Swanson, Assistant City Manager, City of Victoria
 Citizens Academy Session #4 Information
Location: Victoria Fire Station, 1500 80th Street, Victoria, MN 55386
  • Keeping Victoria Safe: A Look at Public Safety in Victoria 
    Sheriff’s Deputy, Carver County Sheriff’s Office
  • Protecting Victoria: Inside the Victoria Fire Department
    Andrew Heger, Fire Chief, Victoria Fire Department, City of Victoria
Citizens Academy Session #5 Information
Location: Picnic Shelter, Wassermann Lake Preserve, 9175 Church Lake Blvd, Victoria, MN 55386 (Backup Location Pending Weather: Victoria Recreation Center, 8475 Kochia Lane, Victoria, MN 55386)
  • Victoria, City of Lakes & Parks: A Place to Connect and Enjoy the Outdoors
    Ann Mahnke, Parks & Recreation Director, City of Victoria
  • A Responsible Victoria: Balancing the Needs of Victoria
    Trisha Pollock, Assistant City Manager, City of Victoria
The Victoria Citizens Academy draws on learning from successful citizen academies across the nation. These academies are often modeled after citizens police academies, which began in the mid-1980’s as a tool to foster stronger citizen commitment to police department and community, in an effort to reduce crime. Citizen police academies are now popular in communities large and small throughout the country.

Program Details
Dates: Thursdays in April to May 2024
Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
Location: City Hall and City Buildings Around Victoria
Capacity: Limited

2024 Program Registration
Fill out the application form to register for the City of Victoria's Citizens Academy. Please contact Kendra Grahl, City of Victoria Communications & Engagement Director, at or (952) 443-4230 with any questions or if you would like an alternative way to register. If you registered and do not receive a welcome email to the program, please check your Junk or Spam folder in your email inbox. 

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Kendra Grahl, Communications & Public Engagement Director,

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