Valdosta Government 101
Who Can Apply
Valdostans and other local citizens who want an inside look at their city government are urged to sign up for the annual Valdosta Government 101 Citizens Orientation. The program, an initiative of the Valdosta Mayor and City Council, also includes the participation of up to five high school seniors who have a parent or legal guardian also enrolled in the program. Participants must be a US citizen, but do not need to be a citizen of the City of Valdosta to enroll. Each class is limited to 25 participants on a first-come first-served basis.
Participants of the program will meet on seven consecutive Mondays, beginning the first Monday in April, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and will be exposed to the programs and services of city government. The sessions include presentations on the following: City government overview, public safety, municipal court, engineering, public works, utilities, financial administration, industrial and economic development, recreation, community development, planning and zoning and neighborhood development, in addition to several facility tours and guest presentations.
Citizens who complete the program will participate in a special graduation ceremony held in their honor in May.
Applicants will undergo a background investigation as part of the application process and must also complete a separate criminal history form that may be obtained upon submission of the completed application. Citizens should be aware that a felony conviction or recent serious misdemeanor conviction may result in an applicant's exclusion from participation. Personal information given will be kept strictly confidential.
Application forms are available at Valdosta City Hall, the Customer Service Center or the Public Information Office. For more information, contact Public Information Officer Sementha Mathews at 229-259-3548. Completed applications should be returned to the Public Information Office, Valdosta City Hall Annex, 300 N. Lee Street, Room 102.