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. Learn more.

***NOTICE: Due to the increased risks associated with the COVID-19 Delta variant and San Mateo County’s indoor mask mandate, the City of San Mateo has decided to postpone our 2021 City Services Academy until Spring 2022. More information will be posted as soon as it’s available.

Learn more about the City and engage in presentations presented by staff from the following departments:
 
  • City Attorney
  • City Clerk
  • City Council
  • City Manager
  • Community Development
  • Finance Department
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Library
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Police
  • Public Works
  • SMC Fire
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.