Waxahachie 101

Waxahachie 101

The Waxahachie 101 program was developed in 2009 to promote a better understanding of local city government. The purpose is to help residents gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of City Council and City Staff, and become more aware of the departments, programs and activities. The program provides participants a general overview of city operations, visiting a different city department each session. 

The only requirements to participate in Waxahachie 101 are that participants be 18 years of age or older, reside in Ellis County, and be able to attend meetings on a regular basis. The class is limited to 25 participants, and registration will be on a first come, first served basis. Registration will begin July 1, 2024 by emailing nichole.elliott@waxahachie.com or call 469-309-4018. Most meetings will be held the first Thursday of each month at 8:30 am. The sessions will begin in September 2024, and run until May 2025. The May meeting will be a “graduation” and appreciation luncheon.  

The monthly topics that will be covered are:

Session 1:

Council Conference Room


Brief History of Waxahachie


Demographics of City


City Departments


Overview of Government Organization


City Secretary


Communications and Marketing


Information Technology Services


Session 2:

Council Conference Room




Utility Billing




Human Resources/Civil Service




Session 3:

Fire Station 2


Police Programs and Operations


Emergency Management


Municipal Court


City Marshal


Animal Control


Fire Programs, EMS and Operations


Session 4:

Council Conference Room


Planning and Zoning


Building Permitting and Inspections


Health Inspections / Code Enforcement




Session 5

Mid-Way Airport


Economic Development


Historic Preservation/Downtown Development


Mid-Way Airport


Session 6:

Senior Center


Sports Complex


Parks, Pools and other Facilities


Civic Center


Senior Center


Convention and Visitors Bureau


Session 7:

Street Department Office


Street Maintenance


Community Services




Water Distribution and Collections


Session 8:

Water Treatment Plant


Water Production




Sokoll Plant


Session 9:

Council Conference Room




For questions about the program, or to register, please contact Amy Borders, Director of Communications and Marketing, or aborders@waxahachie.com. You may also register in person at City Hall, 401 South Rogers Street.