Puyallup 101: Your Community's Civics

“All of the topics and tours were exceptional. What impressed me the most is how professional, dedicated, and competent every person we met is. The citizens of Puyallup can be proud of their city government making it a great place to live.” – Program participant, 2022

Come Learn About Your Local Government

Have you ever wondered how the City operates? How does it maintain streets and parks? Manage the budget? Make decisions? 

If so, we encourage you to register for this free eight-week civics course! With Puyallup 101, you will gain a strong understanding of the organizational structure and operations of City departments, and how you can become involved and make an impact in this place we call home. Community discussion and input is encouraged. Upon completion of the course, you will join our Puyallup 101 Alumni Program and be notified of boards and commission openings, upcoming community trainings and volunteer opportunities. 

Course Objectives

  • Offer a behind-the-scenes look into how City departments operate and how decisions are made.
  • Foster communication between the City and residents, businesses and non-profit organizations.
  • Learn about your Council representatives and their experience and goals in office.
  • Encourage community members to become actively involved in decisions that affect Puyallup’s quality of life.

Participant Eligibility

  • Be a Puyallup resident, business owner, or work in the city.
  • Be 18 years or older (0R 15 with an attending guardian).
  • Must not be running for, or currently serving in, a political office.
  • Must be willing to commit to attending at least six of the eight classes to receive a certificate of completion.
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Spring 2024 Class Schedule 

All classes are from 6:00 to 7:30 PM on Thursdays, for eight weeks.  Optional networking begins at 5:30 PM.  Snacks will be provided. This course will begin Thursday, April 11th though Thursday, May 30th. The course schedule is below.

Please note that not all classes will be held at City Hall. A majority will be held at other City buildings (e.g., Public Safety Building, Water Treatment Plant), so adequate transportation to these locations is required. All locations have on-site parking.

Class DateClass TopicPresenting Department
04/11Local Government 101 / City FinancesCity Manager's Office / Finance / Mayor
Keeping Our Community Safe

Police Department

04/25Justice and the Community
Municipal Court
05/02Preparing and RespondingEmergency Management
05/09Building and Planning for Our City

Development and Permitting Services


Maintaining Our City

Public Works
05/23Where Your Water GoesWater Pollution Control Plant
05/30Our Community Services / Course GraduationLibrary / Parks & Recreation


Pam Lacipierre, Community Relations Coordinator