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Citizens Academy Offers First-Hand Look at Government

Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 1:28 am

Clermont Citizens Academy students experience the active shooter virtual trainer used by police. The guns in this photo use lasers instead of bullets.
Clermont City Manager Darren Gray announced that the next Citizens Academy will begin Thursday, Sept. 27, at City Hall located at 685 W. Montrose Street. The seven-week course gives the public a behind-the-scenes look at the city’s operations. Registration is now open for this free course. Space is limited. Residents can register by emailing dbloodsworth@clermontfl.org or calling 407-797-9393.
Classes introduce residents to city officials, including the city manager, mayor, city clerk and department directors. During the course, residents tour the police and fire stations as well as rarely-seen areas such as the utility plant and backstage at the Clermont Performing Arts Center.
“This has been a popular service of the city, and we’re excited to offer it again,” said City Manager Darren Gray. “More than 100 citizens have graduated from this course, and many have become our most enthusiastic ambassadors.”
Although it is not a requirement to live in Clermont’s city limits, those residents will have a priority for the limited openings.