Citizen Leadership Institute

The next Apache Junction Citizen Leadership Institute is scheduled for January-April 2022. This is your chance to learn about how municipal government works and find ways to engage in your community

There is no charge to attend the Citizen Leadership Institute, but attendees must live, work or volunteer within the city limits of Apache Junction. Attendees are required to attend six of the eight sessions, attend one City Council meeting and one Planning and Zoning Commission meeting to be eligible for graduation. 

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For additional information, please contact Apache Junction's Public Information Officer at (480) 474-5080 or email.

CLI 2022 Schedule

Jan. 12
Getting to Know the City of Apache Junction
Mayor Wilson, City Manager Powell, Al Bravo
Jan. 26
Budget and More
Asst City Manager Matt Busby, Janine Solley, Fox Young
Feb. 9                       

State of the City
AJUSD Performing Arts Center
Feb. 23
Development Services
Larry Kirch???, Dave Zellner, Rudy Esquivas, et al.
March 9
Roads and Utilities
Mike Wever, Mike Loggins, Darron Anglin
March 23
Roads and Utilities
Mike Wever, Mike Loggins, Darron Anglin
April 13
Education, Recreation, Reading
AJUSD Superintendent, Liz Langenbach, Library 

April 27
City Attorney, City Clerk, and Beyond
Joel Stern & Eric Yuva, Superstition Fire, Matt McNulty


Overview

The Citizen Leadership Institute began in 1998. The course content was derived after examining similar programs of other east valley cities, then customizing it to fit Apache Junction. 

Any resident living within the City limits of Apache Junction, or non-resident who currently works or volunteers in Apache Junction, is invited and encouraged to participate in the Citizen Leadership Institute. 

As diverse as our community is in Apache Junction, so are the students. Individuals participate that range from seniors who have lived in the area for over 20 years, to those who have just moved to the area. The young and young at heart are encouraged to be a part of this learning experience. The diversity works very well as it brings to the table a variety of points of view and a range of opinions on the various subject matters that are presented. 

Preparing for the Future

One of the goals is to give interested citizens an orientation for serving as possible future members on a City Board or Commission as well as being well-informed members of the community. 

"The City is powerful in shaping our own destiny and future within the guidelines that have been set, and I think the more people we have that are familiar with the process, the better off our community is going to be," said Mayor John Insalaco. "...there's a need to have somewhat of a training ground or class...so that when we have positions available on our Boards and Commissions we have people to draw from. It is important for citizens to know what the City's responsibilities are and what are its limitations."

The program has been successful in its goal of having residents participate on a City Board or Commission. Over 33% of all graduates have gone on to serve. Currently, 70% of all board and commission members are graduates of the Institute. The pool of graduates is a great resource to invite to special events such as Town Halls, Open Houses, the Open Space Task Force Committee, among others.