City Government Academy

To encourage community engagement, the City of Valparaiso has introduced a City Government Academy, an opportunity for residents to learn about how city government works in their own community. The City Government Academy (CGA) is a free seven-week program where participants meet in locations around the city and learn from members of the city’s leadership team. By participating in this program, residents will gain a deeper understanding of how local government works, meet government leaders and department heads, understand how citizens can become more engaged in public decision-making and serve as role models for other community residents. To date, 75 residents have completed the program.

Sign up to participate in the Spring 2022 City Government Academy NOTE:  The 2022 Academy appears to be at capacity (pending any cancellations) please complete the form to be notified of available spaces and future opportunities to participate.  

The 2022 sessions will take place weekly on Wednesdays from 6 - 8 pm beginning April 6 through May 18.  A detailed schedule is below.  Learn more about the City Government Academy and program frequently asked questions.

  • April 6 – City Administration and Finance
  • April 13 – Valparaiso Police Department
  • April 20 – Community Engagement & Building/Code Enforcement
  • April 27 – Valparaiso Fire Department
  • May 4 – Planning & Economic Development
  • May 11 – City Services & Engineering
  • May 18 – Valpo Parks, Project Management and Wrap-up

For additional questions or comments please contact Maggie Clifton, Community Engagement Director, at 219-462-1161 or

Sample of Government Academy Graduates at Valparaiso City Council June 10
Chief Dutz presents to CGA
Bill Oeding giving City Hall tour
CGA gets Police Dept tour
Government Academy Graduates