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New: Resident Academy

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September 1, 2023 -- The City of Highland Park is excited to launch a new initiative: Resident Academy, debuting in fall 2023! Complementing existing programs in the Police and Fire Departments, the Resident Academy is designed to engage Highland Park residents interested in learning about the major functions of local government. The program will include weekly sessions on Thursday evenings, 6:30 - 8:00 PM, from October 5 through November 16, 2023. 

Participants will experience firsthand what it takes to manage and operate the City. The program will include an overview of City government and an introduction to each City department and its functions, including various City facilities such as City Hall, the Public Services Building, the Police and Fire Departments, and the Water Plant. Further information, including a Q&A and tentative schedule is available.

The Resident Academy is open to individuals aged 18 and older, and participation is limited. Preference will be given to Highland Park residents and business owners. To apply, individuals must complete a registration form, which includes a background investigation. Applications will be available from September 1 through September 15, 2023. Click here to complete the online application form. Click here to download a PDF version.

For more information, please email Management Analyst Chris O'Neill at