Fishers offers behind-the-scenes look at city operations


By Sam Elliott

Fishers is giving residents 18 and older another chance to learn about their city’s inner workings as a new session of the City Government Academy begins Feb. 23 at City Hall.

The 10-week course meets on a Tuesday or Wednesday night each week from 6 to 8 p.m.



“The program has been a longstanding cornerstone of what we call community engagement,” community engagement and volunteer coordinator Dan Domsic said. “Basically the program is a free, 10-week inside look at how the local government operates.”

Mayor Scott Fadness and Deputy Mayor Leah McGrath will welcome participants during the first night of the academy.

“They basically give a view of the municipality as a whole — just kind of the state of where we’re at, different things that are going on and the general structure of how the organization functions,” Domsic said. “From there, participants will go to classes once a week that are taught by our department heads and department leaders.”

Other weeks will focus on and visit the local police department, fire department, parks and recreation offices, city court, Hamilton Southeastern Schools and Fishers public works and wastewater treatment plant.

“They’ll walk around out there to learn about just what happens when they turn their faucets off and flush the toilet,” Domsic said. “People enjoy that one. I think there’s something with that one especially where it’s something you deal with everyday but you don’t think about it.

“I hope people kind of walk away with a better understanding of just how the city all works,” he added. “It’s a big organization with a big job and there’s a lot of people that are passionate about what they do.”

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