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City Services Academy
What is the City Services Academy?
The City of San Mateo’s City Services Academy is a comprehensive, hands-on learning experience that gives participants the opportunity to interact with City staff and learn about the challenges facing municipal government today. Interactive activities will give Academy participants a better understanding of the evolving principles of the City of San Mateo’s Council/City Manager form of government.

PLEASE NOTE: The San Mateo City Services Academy fall 2013 session is now full.

If you would like information on the fall 2014 City Services Academy when it becomes available (spring 2014), please contact Laurie Strange at 522-7000 (or ) and she will add you to the mailing list.
City Departments involved:
  • City Attorney
  • City Clerk
  • City Council
  • City Manager
  • Community Development
  • Finance Department
  • Fire Department
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Library
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Police
  • Public Works
Cost and Application/Selection Process
The Academy is FREE to all participants.

To receive an Application by mail/fax/email, or for more information, please contact Laurie Strange by phone (650) 522-7000 or email

To ensure the quality of instruction and interaction with participants, class size is limited.

Return Completed Application to:

San Mateo City Services Academy
c/o Office of the City Manager
330 West 20th Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403

What is the Purpose of the Academy?
The City Services Academy is designed to provide those who work or live in the City with an opportunity to learn firsthand how the City of San Mateo is managed and operated.

Taught by City staff, the Academy will provide an interactive learning experience in which the instructors and students can learn from each other through case studies, site tours, class discussions, and hands-on experience. Participants will learn about challenges the City is facing and investigate how creative management and budgetary solutions have been used to address these challenges.

Academy participants will interact with department heads (such as the City Manager, Fire Chief, Police Chief, Public Works Director, City Librarian, Parks and Recreation Director, etc.) and City Council members to learn how new programs or ideas are implemented. City staff will discuss project challenges, budget and resource limitations, and how City Council policy decisions are implemented. Day-to-day operations will also be explored.
Who Can Participate?
The City Services Academy is open to anyone, 18 or older, who works or resides in the City of San Mateo and has an interest in City government. Participants must be willing to devote 1 night (Wednesday) per week plus 1 Saturday morning, for 12 weeks.

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