Fredericksburg Citizen University
The City of Fredericksburg would like to give citizens the opportunity to become familiarize with the structure, functions, and activities of the City of Fredericksburg government, encourage citizens to become involved in the City’s government, and enhance their ability to communicate effectively with City officials.
Citizens are encouraged to apply for the 2024 Fredericksburg Citizen University. They will acquire a better understanding of their City government and services as well as form intergovernmental relationships. City officials will, in turn, gain valuable insights into citizens’ priorities and needs from their involvement.
- Informed citizens are better able to become involved in community activities, such as serving on Council-appointed boards, commissions, committees, and task forces, as well as becoming involved in the City’s governance.
- This is an opportunity for citizens to learn about the City of Fredericksburg government first-hand and gain exposure to the wide range of City services, functions, activities, and issues.
- City officials will obtain feedback from citizens regarding governmental programs and services.
Classes are limited to 15-20 students. Fredericksburg Citizens University is open to the City of Fredericksburg residents.
- Be registered voters within the City of Fredericksburg
- Have been a resident for at least one year
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Not be running for local political office during class time
The Fredericksburg Citizens University will consist of 11 sessions over the course of eleven months, with graduation to be held at the December 17, 2024, City Council meeting. Each session will be approximately an hour to an hour and a half. Sessions will begin on January 23, 2024.
Sessions are planned for 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month.
Application Deadline: December 13, 2023
Staff contact: Shelley Goodwin, City Secretary, Fredericksburg City Hall, 126 W. Main Street, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
City Secretary email
SESSION 1 - GETTING TO KNOW YOUR CITY AND CITY GOVERNMENT
Session 1 - Getting to Know Your City Government, Mayor, City Council, and City Manager
Location: John William Klein Meeting Room at Market Square
Date: January 23, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.
SESSION 2 - CITY ATTORNEY AND CITY SECRETARY
Session 2 – Learn more about the City Attorney and City Secretary Location: City Hall Conference Room located at 126 W. Main Street
Date: February 27, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.
SESSION 3 - PUBLIC SAFETY – FIRE/ EMS DEPARTMENT/EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Session 3 – Learn more about the services of the Fire/EMS Department and Emergency Management Location: South Station, located at 221 Friendship Lane Date: March 26, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.
SESSION 4 - PUBLIC SAFETY - POLICE DEPARTMENT/CODE ENFORCEMENT/ANIMAL SERVICES/MUNICIPAL COURT
Session 4 – Public Safety/Code Enforcement/Animal Services Location: Law Enforcement Center located at 1601 E. Main Street Date: April 23, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.
SESSION 5 -PARKS AND RECREATION/SPECIAL EVENTS
Session 5 – Parks and Recreation/Special Events Location: John William Klein Meeting Room at Market Square Date: May 28, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.
SESSION 6 – DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
Session 6 – Learn about the different duties of Development Services Location: City Hall Conference Room located at 126 W. Main Street Date: June 25, 2024, at 6:30 p.m.
SESSION 7 - PUBLIC WORKS, ENGINEERING, AND CIP
Session 7 – Public Works, Engineering, and CIP Location: Consolidated Warehouse located at 233 Friendship Lane Date: July 23, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.
SESSION 8 – PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE/IT/HR/hEALTH
Session 8 – Public Information Office/IT/Human Resources and Health Department Location: Golf Course Cardinal Room, located at 341 Golfers Loop Date: August 27, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.
SESSION 9 – TOURISM/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT/CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Session 9 – Learn where Hotel Occupancy Tax goes, Tourism advertisement, Economic Development efforts regarding new development, and benefits of the Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitor Bureau. Location: Convention and Visitor Bureau located at 302 E. Austin St. Date: September 24, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.
SESSION 10 – FINANCE/BUDGET/UTILITY BILLING
Session 10 – Learn about how the Budget is created and the operations of the Finance Department Location: City Hall located at 126 W. Main Street Date: October 22, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.
SESSION 11 - OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
Session 11 – Opportunities to Serve, Question & Answer Session, and City Report Card Location: John William Klein Meeting Room at Market Square Date: November 26, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.