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Get to Know Oakland Park, Participate in the 2022 Local Government Academy

As residents of Oakland Park, we know a lot about life in our little City but how much do we really know about the inner workings of our City government. We may read a news report here or there or catch wind of something polemic, but unless you are in the City government understand how it really works is a mystery to most people. However, with the Local Government Academy (LGA), a free 10 week course offered by the City, it does not need to be!

The City is now accepting applications for the 2022 LGA. So if you want to know more about what goes on behind the scenes, be sure to register for the 2022 LGA. 

Local Government Academy

The LGA offers participatns on in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at how the City operates each day. The City of Oakland Park is excited to bring back the LGA in 2022.

The LGA will teach participants about how the City functions while at the same time, teaching skills to help participants become more effective community leaders.  All five City Commissioners including several past Mayors are LGA graduates. 

Course Information

The LGA is a free ten-week program that will take place on Thursday nights from January 13 to March 17, 2022, from 6 – 9 p.m. Dinner from local Oakland Park restaurants will be provided. Courses will be in-person at various city facilities that allow for social distancing.

Course Topics

Course topics will include the history of Oakland Park and introductions to City Departments and Charter Offices, such as:

  • Fire Rescue
  • The Broward Sheriff’s Office
  • Public Works
  • Engineering & Building
  • Services
  • Parks and Leisure Services
  • Library and Cultural Services
  • Finance
  • Information Technology
  • Human Resources
  • The Clerk’s Office
  • The City Manager’s Office

How to Apply

To apply, please complete a City Advisory Board application by Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. Please check the box that says ‘Local Government Academy’ at the top of the application. To learn more, please call Heidi Burnett at 954-630-4510.

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