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, Economic Development
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
Streets, Water, Sewer
March 23
Animals, Law and Order
Paws and Claws, Police, Municipal Court
April 13
Education, Recreation, Reading
AJUSD Superintendent, Parks, Library 

April 27
City Attorney, City Clerk, and Beyond
City Attorney, City Clerk, Non-Profits, Marketing


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 program has been successful in its goal of having residents participate on a City Board or Commission. Many graduates have gone on to serve. 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.