Applications open for City Citizens Academy

January 30, 2024

Inaugural Citizens Academy set for April 11 through June 20

The City of Bartlesville is offering residents the chance to learn more about the functions of local government through its inaugural Citizens Academy.

“We wanted to offer the public an in-depth look at where their tax dollars actually go,” said City Manager Mike Bailey. “This debut Citizens Academy program will focus on educating residents, business owners and interested persons of Bartlesville on how daily city government operations contribute to building a better community.”

The 2024 Citizens Academy is a free interactive program designed to familiarize the general public with the roles, services and operations that comprise Bartlesville city government.

The program is offered at no cost and will take place biweekly on Thursday afternoons, beginning April 11 and running through June 20. The course culminates with a graduation ceremony during the July 1 City Council meeting.

“Our inaugural Citizens Academy will include site visits to major City facilities, presentations from department leaders, interaction with elected officials and much more,” said Human Resources Director and academy coordinator Laura Sanders. “It is a truly unique opportunity to learn how city government operates – which is vital knowledge that benefits our entire community.”

Applications are available to those 18 and up who meet one or more of the following:

  • Resident of Bartlesville
  • Own a business in Bartlesville
  • Employed full-time in Bartlesville

Applications are open now and will be accepted through March 1. The academy is capped at 20 participants. A detailed schedule will be available after participants are accepted into the course.

Those interested in applying should visit to review standards for admission and complete an application.

Additional questions may be directed to 918.338.4282.