Murrieta kicks off inaugural citizens’ leadership academy

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Participants in Murrieta’s inaugural Citizens’ Leadership Academy look on while city staff introduce themselves and the program. Valley News/Will Fritz photo
The city of Murrieta kicked off its very first Citizens’ Leadership Academy, which will walk members of the Murrieta community through the intricacies of City Hall, Saturday, March 7. The free academy runs for eight consecutive weeks, and its approximately 30 students will get a chance to learn about a different city department every week. Participants include Murrieta residents, as well as those who have a business or work in town. Registrations closed March 6. On Saturday, participants were introduced to Murrieta Mayor Gene Wunderlich, city manager Kim Summers, assistant city manager Ivan Holler, city clerk Stephanie Smith and assistant to the city manager Louie Lacasella. Academy students also got a chance to tour City Hall and other city facilities in Murrieta’s Town Square,
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