Citizens Government Academy


Looking for an opportunity to take an in-depth look at how Moorhead city government functions? The City of Moorhead is excited to unveil a new opportunity to increase civic engagement and education in our community. The Citizens Government Academy will help residents learn about the inner workings of municipal government, including operations and policymaking.

Attendees of the program must be Moorhead residents who are interested in learning more about how their government functions and what it does for citizens. Each week, attendees will participate in a discussion and activities led by City department leaders. Attendees will be encouraged to ask questions of the City staff who will be presenting.

While attendees will have the opportunity to learn about how City government functions, it will also give City employees a better understanding about what intrigues residents.

Apply today to be in the first class of the Citizens Government Academy. After seven informative weekly sessions, the class is invited to a City Council meeting to be officially recognized as graduates of the Citizens Government Academy.

Application deadline is February 17 but class size is limited to the first 24 applicants who are Moorhead residents and are 18 and over so don’t wait to apply now!

If you have questions, please view the FAQs at the bottom of this page. To apply, fill out the online application or print the Citizens Government Academy Application and mail to:

City of Moorhead
Attn: Zoe Johnson
500 Center Ave / P.O. Box 779
Moorhead, MN  56560

Dates: Tuesdays from March 7-April 18 with graduation at the April 24 City Council meeting

Time: 5:30-8 pm

Place: Primarily at the Hjemkomst Center Oak Room (one class at the Law Enforcement Center and one at the Wastewater Treatment Facility)

For more information, contact our City Managers Office or call 218.299.5166.

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • What happens after I graduate from Moorhead’s City Government Academy?
  • What happens if I need to miss a class?
  • Can I bring a guest/child?
  • Where are the sessions?
  • What do I wear to class?
  • How does the current Moorhead Citizens Police Academy differ from this new program?
  • Who can participate?
  • Why was this program created?