Launch of Leadership Academy for residents to learn Indio operations – KESQ

Indio is launching a seven-week program designed to foster a deeper understanding of city operations and encourage residents to drive change, officials announced today.

The Indio Leadership Academy is scheduled to begin on September 12, with focused sessions with a variety of city officials, a light dinner and refreshments until October 24, when students will graduate from the program.

“Through an engaging series of sessions, members of the department will reveal the critical tasks that keep Indio running smoothly and efficiently,” Indio city officials wrote. “From essential services that touch the lives of our residents to innovative projects that shape the future of our city, participants will have the unique opportunity to witness firsthand the true heartbeat of Indio.”

The first session will be an introduction to city government featuring City Manager Bryan Montgomery, Deputy City Manager Scott Trujillo, and City Manager Sabdi Sánchez. The program will take place from 6 pm to 8:15 pm each consecutive Tuesday through October 24.

City officials said other sessions will include Finance, Human Resources and Information Technology, Community Development and Economic Development, Public Works, Engineering, Capital Projects and IWA, Community Services, Teen Center, Senior Center, and Arts and Public Safety.

Residents who are interested in the program, which is limited to 25 participants age 18 and older, can contact management analyst José Ramírez at to apply, according to city officials, who encourage residents to apply early.

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