Special to Hometown News
FORT PIERCE -- The residents of Fort Pierce saw a special class graduation on May 6 that had nothing to do with high school, but there was still learning involved.
At the Fort Pierce City Commission meeting, the first class of the Fort Pierce Citizen Academy received certificates of completion and City pins.
"Graduates of the Academy will be prepared to take a positive role in the future of their neighborhoods and the city overall, through this type of government and citizen interaction," said Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson. "I am pleased that two participants currently are serving on a city board, with interest from others."
The graduates are Dyana Voss, Captain Don Voss, Lisa Fasnacht, Richard Young, Keith Erickson, Shirley Walker, Tim O'Connell, Arthur Hansen, James Pedra, Terry Wolters, Jewel Player, Malcolm Sanderson, Joe Hayek, Dan Lacy, Regina Hurst, Sheila Bradley, Henry Zalegowski and Al Maige.
Over a seven-week period beginning on March 14, nineteen city residents began the free, interactive public information program that familiarized residents with city services and a clearer understanding of municipal government.
Session topics included organization of local government; history of the area; the police department; the planning, building and urban redevelopment department; finance and administrative services; communication; public works; solid waste; animal control; Sunrise theatre; city marina; Indian Hills Golf Course and volunteering opportunities.
The program is limited to 20 city residents aged 17 or older. Enrollment is first-come, first-serve basis. The Academy is a seven-week commitment and participants that miss more than one class will not graduate.