COVINGTON, Ga. – The City of Covington will once again offer local residents the exclusive opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at how their local government operates, through their Civics 101 program.
The four-week class series is free of charge and limited to 35 participants. Nightly participation exceeded 100 participants when the class was previously offered, so those interested in attending are urged to act quickly.
Meeting at City Hall from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the evenings of July 19, July 26, Aug. 2, and Aug. 9, participants will learn about the different departments within the City and the responsibilities of each.
"I greatly enjoyed the Civics 101 course in Covington," former participant Jessica Hembree said. "While most of us understand the basics of how a city works, the course presented a wealth of information.
“I enjoyed meeting the people responsible for each of our public departments. Learning the specifics of the inner working of the city gave me a greater appreciation for our beautiful city. I recommend this course to anyone interested in knowing more about the way that our city works."
City Council members, Mayor Ronnie Johnston, City Manager Leigh Anne Knight, Fire Chief Stoney Bowles, Police Chief Stacey Cotton and numerous City of Covington department heads are scheduled to speak and field questions.
Anticipated topics to be covered include: government structure, role of the mayor, city manager responsibilities, tourism, Main Street, utilities, water reclamation and land application services, public works and solid waste, airport operations, planning and zoning, city growth and infrastructure (engineering) and police department, fire department, and 911 center overviews.
Applicants do not have to live in the Covington city limits to participate, however, they must have completed at least the fifth grade. Those interested can register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 770-385-2000 to secure a spot. Attendees will receive a City of Covington gift bag and certificate of completion.
Registration will close Thursday, June 28 or after 35 spots are filled.