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TYLER (KYTX) - As a part of the City of Tyler's ongoing effort to promote citizen involvement and transparency in local government, Mayor Barbara Bass is hosting the second annual Mayor's Citizens Academy as a way for citizens to learn about each department within their local government. 

The Mayor's Citizens Academy is tailored to individuals who are interested in learning more about municipal government and how the City of Tyler operates. Ideal candidates are those looking to get involved with the City of Tyler by serving on a board or commission, volunteering with one of the departments, or running for City Council or Mayor. The class size is limited to 20 people. 

"Citizens Academy is a great way for those who want to become involved in local government to learn about the organization," said Mayor Bass.  "I am excited to once again offer this program to encourage citizen involvement."

During the 12-week program, presentations, tours and interactive sessions will be led by in-house experts from each City department as well as the mayor and City manager. Opportunities for questions and answers as well as discussion will be available during each class.

Applicants for the Academy must be at least 18 years of age. The class starts April 11, 2013 and will meet each Thursday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for 12 weeks at various facilities around the City. Dinner will be provided each week. 

To apply for the Mayor's Citizens Academy go to www.cityoftyler.org and access the "I Want To" drop down menu.

Applications are due by March 22, 2013.

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