Payson Offers Free Classes For Community Leaders, Volunteers

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Payson hopes that at least 25 residents will sign up for its free, fifth annual Leadership Academy, where many community leaders have made contacts and learned how town government works.

The July 31 deadline to sign up for the seven-week series of sessions with town leaders and department heads is fast approaching.

In the past five years, 98 Payson residents have attended the Leadership Academy, which is co-sponsored by Arizona Public Service, which will provide refreshments, brochures, frames and certificates.

So far the classes have produced two current council members and 21 people who have served on various Payson boards and commissions.

The weekly classes start on Aug. 26 from 6-8:30 p.m. Each class will feature a different community leader or town department head.

The town attorney will explain the workings of the open meeting law, the head of the water department will explain about the town's long-term conservation strategy and the town engineer will brief participants on various engineering and street projects.

The classes are open to any Payson resident at least 18 years of age or a senior in high school.

"Class size is limited to 25 people, so don't delay.all, drop by Town Hall or go to the Town Web site and get your application today," said Debbie Dawson.

For more information, contact Dawson at 474-5242, ext. 372. Anyone interested can pick up an application at Town Hall. In addition, information can also be downloaded from the town's Web site at www.ci.payson.az.us.

"Even if you don't want to become a council member, or serve on a board or commission, the classes can help people find areas in which they'd like to volunteer," said Dawson.

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