City Manager's Office

240 West Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA 91007

Tel: (626) 574-5401
Fax: (626) 446-5729

Dominic Lazzaretto
City Manager

Hours of Operation
Monday -Thursday
   7:30 a.m.– 5:30 p.m.
Friday (Closed alternate Fridays)
   7:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.

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Behind the Scenes of Arcadia City Government

The Arcadia Leadership Academy is a free, interactive civic education program for Arcadia residents 18 years and older who are interested in becoming better acquainted with City operations.  The purpose of the program is to provide an interesting perspective into the workings of Arcadia, to develop civic leadership, and to build a stronger community through well-informed and engaged residents.  The Academy takes place in the evening over a period of nine weeks.  Each class features a presentation by top City staff and ample opportunity for discussion and questions.  Some sessions also include a tour of the facility being discussed. 

If you are interested in participating in this program, please submit your completed Leadership Academy application to Laena Shakarian at  

Additional Leadership Academy Information:

Leadership Academy Flyer

Leadership Academy Class Schedule

What have past participants said about the Leadership Academy:

"The Leadership Academy is an excellent opportunity for any citizen of Arcadia to learn about their city in an interesting and informative way.  We all live here, but for most of us our total involvement is generally when it comes to needing to consult with a department due to something we wish to do with our property, or as a result of a police or fire issue.  There is much more to Arcadia than this and much more offered by all departments than is generally perceived.  The Leadership Academy is an opportunity for everyone to know and understand all of the services offered and how the City functions.  The knowledge provided is well worth time spent attending."
Robert Miller

"The Leadership Academy helps residents learn more about the City’s operations and builds stronger ties between the City and its residents.  I really enjoyed the program and definitely recommend it to other people."
Tao Peng

"This is a well-organized program; it gave me the whole picture about how the City operates and I now know where to go to get answers if I have questions about the City."
Peng Shang

"I learned more about the City of Arcadia during the Leadership Academy than I learned in the 17 years I have lived in Arcadia."
Paul Van Fleet

"The Leadership Academy is an opportunity for unprecedented civic engagement.  The program invites you to strengthen your community involvement by educating and demonstrating City operations, and by providing an opportunity to work and converse with your peers and City representatives.  I highly recommend it!"
Margie Yew

"The Leadership Academy is a priceless opportunity to get to know your city and have your voice heard.  Engaging and educational, the sessions were a joy to attend."
Emily Zheng