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Lehigh County Citizens’ Academy classes to begin Sept. 12

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE in Local News

September doesn’t just mark the first days of school for returning students; it’s also the beginning of the Lehigh County Citizens’ Academy.

Lehigh County will be officially unveiling its nine-day academy, open to local residents, 6 p.m. Sept. 12 in the public hearing room of the Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh St., Allentown.

The academy will be held once a week, lasting roughly two hours, and will feature a presentation from the heads of major county departments and row office holders. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session, affording residents the opportunity to engage with department heads and ask questions.

“The Citizens’ Academy was something that was requested by members of the community, and I believe it’s an excellent idea,” said Phillips Armstrong, Lehigh County executive. “County government is often the least understood, but most vital, form of local government, given the types of services we provide.

“It’s my hope that those in attendance will leave with a greater knowledge of Lehigh County and become stronger advocates and local voices. We want to educate and empower people,” Armstrong said.

The schedule and departments presenting are listed below. Residents are encouraged to attend as many of the sessions as they can.

• Sept. 12 — Department of Administration

• Sept. 19 — Department of General Services

• Sept. 26 — Department of Community and Economic Development

• Oct. 3 — Cedarbrook Senior Care & Rehabilitation

• Oct. 9 — Human Services

• Oct. 17 — Public Defender’s Office

• Oct. 22 — Department of Corrections

• Nov. 7 — Fiscal Office

• Nov. 14 — County Row Offices (sheriff, controller and coroner)

Those interested in attending should contact the public information officer, Joshua Siegel, at JoshuaSiegel@LehighCounty.org.