Royal Oak Residents Academy

Have you ever looked at your property tax bill and wondered where it all went?  The city of Royal Oak is kicking off a new residents academy this spring to help educate residents on what different city departments do and ways to get more involved.  The program is available free of charge to any Royal Oak resident over the age of 18.  There will be 7 sessions on Thursday evenings between April 6th and May 18th. Sessions are planned to be in person. 

2023 Schedule of Sessions Dates

  • April 6 - Royal Oak government duties and powers.  Presenters: Mayor, Mayor Pro-Tem, City Manager and City Attorney
  • April 13 - Police Department
  • April 20 - Fire Department and wrap up
  • April 27 - Community Development
  • May 4 - Economic Development and Finance Departments 
  • May 11 - Department of Public Services and Recreation
  • May 18 - City Clerk's Office, Royal Oak Public Library and Community Engagement
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Check Back To Get Signed Up!

The 2023 academy has not yet started taking applications. Please check back mid-February for more information!

 If you would like updates about future academies, email Susan Barkman


Program Guidelines

Being a part of the Royal Oak Residents Academy is a limited opportunity that requires a commitment of time and energy in order to receive the full benefit and purpose of the program. We expect each participant to agree to the following program requirements: 
  • Participation is only open to those who register and are accepted into the program.  Unfortunately we cannot accommodate guests.  If you would like to participate with a friend or significant other, please ensure both people register separately.  
  • All participants are expected to provide their own transportation to and from each session.
  • All participants must attend 5 out of the 7 total sessions in order to receive a certificate.
  • Let staff know you will not be able to attend in advance when possible. 
  • In order to track participation, each member must sign in when they arrive at the session. If you do not sign in, you WILL NOT receive credit for attending, even if you were in attendance.
  • All participants are expected to act in a respectful and conscientious manner towards the instructors, and fellow participants. This is a non-partisan program designed to teach participants about how their city works – not about specific political issues. 
  • Please make us aware of any specific dietary and/or physical restrictions. We will do our best to accommodate those needs.


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Staff Contact: Susan Barkman, Assistant to the City Manager

Royal Oak Police Citizens Academy

The Royal Oak Police Department has a separate citizens academy, for those who are interested in learning more about the police department. Typically this academy is in the fall, and fills up quickly.