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CityWorks 101

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Want to know exactly how city tax dollars are spent? Curious about the specifics of City operations? Are you interested in making Fort Collins a better place? Then CityWorks 101 is for you. The City of Fort Collins is offering an eight-week program, which will give residents a behind-the-scenes look at running a city. CityWorks 101 provides a unique opportunity to learn more about what services the City provides, and how the City provides them. Participants will see first hand how the City makes decisions and allocates funds.

Classes take place on Thursday evenings, 6-9 p.m., March 24-May 12, and cover the following topics:

  • Ready, Set, Gov - an introduction to Fort Collins local government
  • Creating a Vibrant Community – information on city finances, economic health, and community planning.
  • To Serve and Protect – a behind the scenes look at police operations
  • The Way You Move – a look into street operations, traffic, parking, transit, and more
  • The Utility of it All – an inside look at water, wastewater, stormwater, and electric utilities
  • Let’s Play – an in-depth look at parks and trails, recreation, cultural services, and the hard work behind having fun.
  • Go Green – learn more about our natural areas, environmental programs, and sustainability efforts
  • Pay it Forward – see how it all comes together to form the City’s budget

The program also includes a graduation ceremony on May 17 and two optional Saturday morning tours, dates TBD.

To be considered for CityWorks 101 you must have lived within the Fort Collins Growth Management Area (GMA) for at least one year. Class size is limited to a maximum of 30 people; priority is given to applicants who will attend all eight classes.

Ginny Sawyer, Policy & Project Manager, Z3Nhd3llckBmY2dvdi5jb20=, 224-6094
Annie Bierbower, Civic Engagement Liaison, YWJpZXJib3dlckBmY2dvdi5jb20=, 221-6264
Amy Resseguie, Publicity/Marketing Specialist, YXJlc3NlZ3VpZUBmY2dvdi5jb20=, 416-2738
Mayan Smith, Publicity/Marketing Technician, bXNtaXRoQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==, 416-2358

Kelly DiMartino, Assistant City Manager, a2RpbWFydGlub0BmY2dvdi5jb20=, 221-6505
Wanda Winkelmann, City Clerk, d3dpbmtlbG1hbm5AZmNnb3YuY29t, 221-6515
Amanda King, Communications & Public Involvement Director, YWtpbmdAZmNnb3YuY29t, 221-6207
Carson Hamlin, Cable Television Manager, Y2hhbWxpbkBmY2dvdi5jb20=, 221-6510
Mike Beckstead, Chief Financial Officer, bWJlY2tzdGVhZEBmY2dvdi5jb20=, 221-6770
Tom Leeson, Community Development & Neighborhood Services Director, dGxlZXNvbkBmY2dvdi5jb20=, 221-6287
Cameron Gloss, Planning Manager, Y2dsb3NzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==, 224-6174
Mike Gebo, Chief Building Official, bWdlYm9AZmNnb3YuY29t, 416-2618
Karen McWilliams, Historic Preservation Manager, a21jd2lsbGlhbXNAZmNnb3YuY29t, 224-6078
Delynn Coldiron, Neighborhood Services Manager, ZGVjb2xkaXJvbkBmY2dvdi5jb20=, 221-6676
Perrie McMillen, Restorative Justice Program Coordinator, cG1jbWlsbGVuQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==, 416-2290
Emily Allen, Community Liaison, ZWFsbGVuQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==, 224-6047
Eric Keselburg, Compliance Supervisor, ZWtlc2VsYnVyZ0BmY2dvdi5jb20=, 221-6675
Jill Stilwell, Cultural Services Director, anN0aWx3ZWxsQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==, 416-2935
Victoria Erickson, Public Relations Coordinator, dmVyaWNrc29uQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==, 416-2765
John Litel, Public Relations Coordinator II, amxpdGVsQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==, 221-6875
Bob Adams, Recreation Director, YmFkYW1zQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==, 221-6354
Marc Rademacher, Recreation Area Manager, bXJhZGVtYWNoZXJAZmNnb3YuY29t, 221-6309
Steve Lukowski, Interim Parks Manager, c2x1a293c2tpQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==, 416-2063
Craig Kisling, Apprentice Landscape Architect, Y2tpc2xpbmdAZmNnb3YuY29t, 221-6367
Mark Sears, Natural Areas Manager, bXNlYXJzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==, 416-2096
Kevin Gertig, Utilities Executive Director, a2dlcnRpZ0BmY2dvdi5jb20=, 221-6702
Lisa Gardner, Senior Communications & Marketing Specialist, bGdhcmRuZXJAZmNnb3YuY29t, 416-2055
Pablo Bauleo, Energy Services Engineer, cGJhdWxlb0BmY2dvdi5jb20=, 221-6855
Eric Olson, Water Conservation Coordinator, ZW9sc29uQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==, 221-6704
Liesel Hans, Water Conservation Manager, bGhhbnNAZmNnb3YuY29t, 221-6877
Kraig Bader, Standards Engineering Manager, a2JhZGVyQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==, 416-2481
Steven Leenerts, Line Groundworker, c2xlZW5lcnRzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==
Doug Lennon, Electric Lineworker, ZGxlbm5vbkBmY2dvdi5jb20=
Chief John Hutto, Chief of Police, amh1dHRvQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==, 221-6553
Jerry Schiager, Deputy Chief, anNjaGlhZ2VyQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==, 416-2587
Mike Trombley, Deputy Chief, bXRyb21ibGV5QGZjZ292LmNvbQ==, 221-6542
David Haywood, Deputy Chief, ZGhheXdvb2RAZmNnb3YuY29t, 416-2457
Greg Yeager, Deputy Chief, Z3llYWdlckBmY2dvdi5jb20=, 416-2185
Marty Shaw, Police Officer, bXNoYXdAZmNnb3YuY29t, 416-2914
Josh Birks, Economic Health Director, amJpcmtzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==, 221-6324
Emily Wilmsen, Public Relations Coordinator, ZXdpbG1zZW5AZmNnb3YuY29t, 221-6870
Lucinda Smith, Environmental Services Director, bHNtaXRoQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==, 224-6085
Susie Gordon, Senior Environmental Planner, c2dvcmRvbkBmY2dvdi5jb20=, 221-6265
Judge Kathleen Lane, Municipal Judge, a2xhbmVAZmNnb3YuY29t, 221-6800
Andrea Little, Special Agency Session Resource Specialist, YWxpdHRsZUBmY2dvdi5jb20=, 221-6649
Wade Troxell, Mayor, d3Ryb3hlbGxAZmNnb3YuY29t, 221-6505
Darin Atteberry, City Manager, ZGF0dGViZXJyeUBmY2dvdi5jb20=, 221-6505
Tyler Marr, Graduate Management Assistant, dG1hcnJAZmNnb3YuY29t, 416-4205
Michelle Provaznik, Gardens on Spring Creek Manager, bXByb3Zhem5pa0BmY2dvdi5jb20=, 221-6881
Charlotte Boney, Volunteer Program Manager, Y2JvbmV5QGZjZ292LmNvbQ==, 416-4245

Boards and Commissions

  • The City of Fort Collins currently has 26 standing boards, commissions and authorities consisting of approximately 225 volunteer members. All board members are appointed by the Fort Collins City Council and serve without compensation. Boards and commissions are established for the purpose of acquiring and studying information in specific areas and to make recommendations to City Council on issues within the board's area of expertise. Some boards are quasi-judicial and have decision-making powers within their areas of expertise. Decisions made by quasi-judicial boards are appealable to the City Council or the courts.

Police Services

  • Police Services is always looking for Victim Advocates, and D1, the Downtown substation, will often have volunteer office assistance opportunities. For those who want to learn more about FCPS, the Citizens Police Academy takes place each fall.

Neighborhood Services

  • Volunteer Mediators
    • Mediators who have completed a 40-hour basic mediation training can volunteer with the Community Mediation Program to provide conflict resolution services to Fort Collins residents involved in conflict with their neighbors
  • Restorative Justice Volunteers
    • Restorative Justice Services is often open for new volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of young people and community members affected by crime. We want people with good communication skills, open minds and a desire to work with youth and families. Experience in restorative justice, mediation and/or group facilitation is helpful. We are also looking to balance our volunteer team with more adult males. To learn more about the Restorative Justice Programs, call Perrie McMillen 970-416-2290.

Gardens on Spring Creek

  • Numerous opportunities.

Environmental Services

  • Healthy Sustainable Homes Program Volunteers. We offer a 20 hour training each April for community volunteers to become Master Home Educators.

Natural Areas

  • Volunteer Master Naturalists
  • Volunteer Master Naturalist Assistants
  • Volunteer Ranger Assistants
  • Adopt a Natural Area Volunteers
  • Adopt a Trail Volunteers
  • Service Learning Projects – One time volunteer events.

Past CityWorks 101 participants are regularly invited to attend Alumni Forums or other special events. Alumni Forums are single sessions offered four to six times per year in order to dive deeper into current projects, policy issues, or topics not covered in the regular CityWorks 101 class.

Sept. 15, 2016 Alumni Forum – Homelessness Presentation (PPT)