City seeking applicants for new Hopkinsville Diplomat program

The program is offered to adults in Christian County who want to learn more about city government and how it works.

Applications are being accepted for a new Hopkinsville Diplomat class, which is open to adult Christian County residents and business owners who are interested in learning more about city government. 

“We are excited about offering citizens this unique opportunity to learn about the city of Hopkinsville and how local government works. We hope this will provide citizens with a better understanding of how to get things done in our community,” Mayor Wendell Lynch said in a press release. 

The city offers the program to “afford citizens the opportunity to learn how to make municipal government work for them, gain knowledge of local municipal government, and have the opportunity to support their community through service, promotion and volunteerism,” the release states. 

The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22. Applications are available online and at the Hopkinsville Municipal Center, 715 S. Virginia St. 

Previously, the city has accepted up to 15 people for the diplomat program, although that number could increase depending on the ability of city departments to accommodate a larger class.

“We are hoping to have two classes in 2022 — one that will run from January to June and the other from July to December,” City Clerk Crissy Fletcher told Hoptown Chronicle.

Individuals accepted for the class that starts in January will be notified by mail. Those not accepted will be placed on a waiting list for the next session. 

Class members will meet at 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month, January through June.

City seeking applicants for new Hopkinsville Diplomat program

Jennifer P. Brown | Hoptown Chronicle

Jennifer P. Brown is co-founder, publisher and editor of Hoptown Chronicle. You can reach her at She spent 30 years as a reporter and editor at the Kentucky New Era. She is a co-chair of the national advisory board to the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, governing board president for the Kentucky Historical Society, and co-founder of the Kentucky Open Government Coalition.