Watauga 101-Citizens' Academy


The mission of the Watauga 101-Citizens' Academy is to provide residents and business owners an opportunity to gain a better understanding of their City's government and services by providing knowledge and encouraging participation in a diverse setting which is conducive to building community.  The Academy is designed to aid and facilitate in bridging the gap between residents and local government. The Academy will serve as a Community Engagement program which will teach the basic roles and functions of municipal government through presentations, tours and activities to educate and engage participants on the many responsibilities of City Council and City Staff.  In the same respect, City leaders and staff will gain valuable knowledge about the priorities and needs of residents and business owners in the City.

Eligibility & Fees

The Academy is FREE of charge, however, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be a current resident or business owner in the City of Watauga
  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be a registered voter in the State of Texas
  • Commit to attend all sessions and be an engaged participant
  • Not be a current Council Member



Watauga 101 is scheduled to begin August 26, 2021 and will conclude on December 13, 2021.

Academy participants will meet on average twice per month at predetermined areas throughout the City for approximately three (3) hours.  The City may provide snacks and drinks since the Academy is scheduled in the evening and classes will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.  Each session will feature presentations from different City leaders and staff members representing various departments.  In order for the Academy to be successful, every participant needs to attend all scheduled sessions.  Participants may only be absent from two (2)  sessions, however, the absences MUST be made up by attending two (2) City Council meetings prior to the end of the Academy.   
For more information please contact the City Secretary's Office at 817.514.5825 or 817.514.5812.   

September 2, 2021 Session 1 - Welcome and Introduction, City Organization and Structure, Economic Development
September 16, 2021 Session 2 - Human Resources / Information Technology
September 30, 2021 Session 3 - Public Works
October 7, 2021  Session 4 - Watauga Public Library
October 21, 2021  Session 5 - Police Department 
November 4, 2021  Session 6 - Finance Department 
November 18, 2021  Session 7 - Parks and Community Services 
December 2, 2021  Session 8 - Fire Department 
December 13, 2021  Graduation 

Class of 2017

                                     Class of 2018