166 North Cherokee Road · Post Office Box 310 · Social Circle, Georgia 30025
· Fax: 770-464-2113
Session 1 (Monday, September 23, 2019)
Orientation and Welcome,
Participants will receive an overview of the Academy schedule, the Federal/State/County/City
Government Relationship, the City Charter & Organization, and City Codes and Ordinances.
The Legislative process, and Open Meetings/Open Records acts will be reviewed.
Session 2 (Monday, October 28, 2019)
Participants will review the City Organization and Departments, and delve into the City long range
vision, the Comprehensive Plan and discuss how this vision is implemented.
Session 3 (Monday, November 18, 2019)
Participants will tour the Public Works Lot and Water Treatment plant and hear about the public
works and water, sewer, and gas utility services provided by the City.
Session 4 (Tuesday, December 3, 2019)
Participants will meet with representatives from all of the City Boards and Commissions and hear
about their roles, accomplishments during the prior year and objectives for the upcoming year.
Session 5 (Monday, January 27, 2020)
Participants will learn about City Finances, Taxation, and participate in the annual Budget preparation
process. Participants will learn about the sources of revenue that support City services and trends and
factors affecting City revenue. In addition, participants will discuss the public involvement in the
budget process, and what factors affect funding decisions.
Session 6 (Monday, February 24, 2020)
Participants will learn about the City Fire Department, Police Department and the City Transit service.
Tours of the facilities will be provided.
Session 7 (Monday, March 23, 2020)
Participants will engage in the planning, zoning, permitting, and Code enforcement processes. Roles
of the Planning Commission will be discussed, and the due process requirements of each will be
Session 8 (Tuesday, April 27, 2020)
Mock Council meeting where participants will serve as City Council and consider action on a
challenging community topic of their choice.
A Graduation ceremony will be held at the regular May 21, 2019 Council meeting after completion of the
program. Participants must be present for all classes to graduate.