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City to launch workshop tonight

ALBANY, Ga. -- The city will begin a pilot program tonight designed to better inform the public about how the city government works, officials say.

Albany 101 will be a quarterly gathering hosted by the city of Albany that will educate attendees on various facets of city government, Assistant City Manager Wes Smith said.

"It's just an event that's free and open to the public that we hope will catch on," Smith said. "It's a good opportunity, we feel, for the public to see how their government works."

The first program will start at 6 p.m. tonight at the government center downtown and will feature a question-and-answer session from a representative of the Albany Police Department.

Following the workshop, the attendees will be invited to stay and attend the the city commission's pre-briefing at 7:30 p.m. and its regular meeting at 8 p.m.

Smith says that the city manager's office is planning to host the meetings quarterly and will make various city department heads and officials available.

The program is not unlike the citizens' police academy which has grown in popularity each year. That program takes citizens through an intensive multi-week seminar that covers various parts of police procedure and training.