Covington offers behind the scenes look at government
Local residents have an opportunity to gain a behind the scenes look at how their local government operates. Beginning in August, the City of Covington will host a Civics 101 class on Mondays, Aug. 4, 10, 18 and 25. The first class will be held at city hall, 2194 Emory Street N.W., with other classes held there or other city properties.
Classes are approximately two hours and will cover the different city departments, the day-to-day operations and each department’s responsibilities.
“When you take a step back and think about it, there is so much the City of Covington is responsible for,” said City Manager Leigh Anne Knight. “From public safety and land acquisitions to road maintenance, water reclamation and everything in between, we are very diversified in our responsibilities. I am confident anyone who participates in this program will find it to be a valuable and educational experience.”
City Council members, Mayor Ronnie Johnston, City Manager Leigh Anne Knight, Fire Chief Stoney Bowles, Police Chief Stacey Cotton and other department heads are scheduled to speak and answer questions.
Anticipated topics covered include: government structure; the role of the mayor; city manager responsibilities; tourism; utilities overview; water reclamation and land application services; public works and solid waste; airport operations; planning and zoning; city growth and infrastructure; and public safety overviews with the fire and police departments and the 911 Center.
The class is free. Participants do not have to live in the Covington city limits and those interested in participating can email Trey Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 770-385-2000.