Police Accepting Applications for Citizens' Police Academy
The Police Department is accepting applications for the next Citizens' Police Academy, which will start April 5. The Citizens' Police Academy is a 13-week program that meets once a week to better acquaint citizens with the law enforcement profession and the role of the Police Department within the community. The weekly sessions are intended to help create a citizenry that is familiar and comfortable with the Police Department. The classes are not designed to train participants to be police officers.
Enrollment is open to any citizen 18 years of age or older who resides, works or attends school in Winston-Salem. Anyone interested in attending the Citizens' Police Academy may call the Winston-Salem Police Department for an application at (336) 408-8126, or complete an application online at WSPD.org. Applications must be submitted by March 9.
Public Input Session Scheduled for Housing Study
The city is conducting a study to determine the mix of housing that Winston-Salem and Forsyth County will need to meet evolving housing preferences and population trends over the coming decade, and is holding meetings on Thursday, Jan. 25, to solicit public input for the study. The meetings will be held at from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Neal Bolton Home & Garden Building on the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. Enter through Gate 9 off 27th Street. Both meetings are the same, and will build on an earlier meeting the city held in September. READ MORE
Elledge Wastewater Treatment Plant Recognized for Operational Excellence
The Central Region of the N.C. Professional Wastewater Operators Committee selected the Archie Elledge Wastewater Treatment Plant in Winston Salem for its 2017 Operations & Maintenance Excellence Award. The award is given annually to a wastewater treatment plant in the central part of North Carolina that exhibits "the most outstanding plant operation and maintenance efforts, according to the best use of the resources available to that facility."
The committee lauded the plant’s operators for demonstrating "a consistent high level of professionalism and dedication to their customers and the environment." It also praised the plant staff for their community outreach and education efforts and their emphasis on professional development, certification and training. READ MORE
City Leadership Changes
City Manager Lee Garrity has appointed Tasha Logan Ford as assistant city manager and Marla Y. Newman as director of Community Development.
Logan Ford, who currently serves as an assistant city manager for Rocky Mount, will assume her duties in February 2018 and will oversee the Recreation and Parks and Community Development departments. Logan Ford has more than 13 years of local government experience in North Carolina, including three and a half years as an assistant city manager for Rocky Mount, where she oversees downtown development, engineering, budget, and planning and development. READ MORE
Newman succeeds D. Ritchie Brooks, who retired Nov. 30. She has nearly 20 years of housing and community development experience and most recently served as executive director of the Louisiana Housing Alliance. She also has worked for the Housing and Economic Development Financial Corporation and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. READ MORE
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Garbage, recycling, yard-waste cart collection changes for holiday weeks