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Aurora Civic Engagement Academy Course Outline


The vision of the Aurora Civic Engagement Academy is to foster positive relationships and the understanding of roles and responsibilities between Aurora citizens and their city government (elected and non-elected members). The five-session format is designed to inform citizens of the different departments and their functionality. Time will be taken to inform citizens of their rights and engage them in the responsibilities of running their city through various boards, commissions and other citizen-led opportunities.


  • Educate residents about city government and roles/responsibilities of the Mayor, City Council, City Manager and other departments and services within Aurora.
  • Engage citizens on a discussion about their role in city government.
  • Identify, train and develop citizen volunteers for boards, commissions and other community opportunities where they can serve.
  • Engage and educate the younger generation about city government and how they can get involved.

Course Outline
(Schedule may change)

April 8 - Aurora Form of Government

  • Introductions
  • Ground rules for the meetings
  • Mayor Coffman  
  • Council Member Angela Lawson
  • City Manager – Jim Twombly
    • Home Rule Cities
    • Council-manager form of government
    • Roll of the City Manager
  • City Attorney’s Office – Rachell Allen
    • Open Meetings
    • Open Records
  • City Clerk’s Office – Kadee Rodriguez
    • Boards and Commissions how to apply
    • Elections
  • City Tour:  - Aurora 101 – Susan Barkman
    • Town of Fletcher
    • History throughout our community

April 15th – Budget

Greg Hayes, Budget Manager


April 29th  - Planning and Development

Jacob Cox – Office of Development Assistance

Jeffery Moore – Oil and Gas Development


May 6th – Aurora Water

Presenters: Marshall Brown and Greg Baker

Citizens Water Advisory Committee

May 20th

June 3rd

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