Alachua County Citizens Academy

  • Dr. Niblock at Graduation Lunch 2016 - Chestnut Park
  • Dr. Niblock provides County Overview - 2016
  • Chair Hutchinson welcomes Alachua County Citizens Academy 2016
  • Citizens Academy Graduation 2016
  • Fire Rescue demo 2016
  • Citizens Academy Class Photo 2016
  • Dr. Lee A. Niblock, County Manager - 2016
  • Commissioner Hutchinson 2016
  • Budget Activity with Participants 2016
  • Sheriff Presentation 2016
  • Fire Rescue Demo 2016
  • Environmental Protection Surface Waters Demo 2016
  • Elections Equipment Demo 2016
  • Alachua County Citizens Academy Graduation Picture 2015
  • Parks Tour 2015
  • Michelle Lieberman, County Attorney 2015
  • Commissioner Chestnut 2015
  • Tour of Waste Management Facilities 2015
  • Tommy Crosby teaches about county budget process 2015
  • Animal Services Equipment Demo 2016
  • Alachua County Citizens Academy Welcome Message

    Dear Alachua County Citizens:
    Whether you are new to our community, or are a life-long resident, we strongly encourage you, your colleagues and neighbors to participate in a future Alachua County Citizens Academy program.  This free program usually begins in April of each year and spans eight weeks.  
    The Citizens Academy offers Alachua County residents an opportunity to participate in behind-the-scenes tours, hear lectures and interact with your elected and public Alachua County officials from the Board of County Commissioners, Constitutional Officers, Courts, Library District and School Board.
    Thank you for your interest in the Alachua County Citizens Academy program and we look forward to meeting you in a future Citizens Academy class!
    The Alachua County Leadership Team

  • Sample Schedule

    ​Below is a sample schedule of the sessions and presenters typically scheduled during the Alachua County Citizens Academy program.

  • Sample Session 1 Outline:
    Library Headquarters Building – Downtown Gainesville
    • County Manager
    • County Attorney
    • Management and Budget
    • Library District

  • Sample Session 2 Outline:
    Emergency Operations Center
    • Fire/Rescue
    • Alachua County Sheriff’s Office
    • ACSO Headquarters & Communications

  • Sample Session 3 Outline:
    Criminal Courthouse - Jury Room
    • Eighth Judicial Circuit
    • Public Defender
    • State Attorney
    • Clerk of the Court
    • Human Resources
    • Equal Opportunity

  • Sample Session 4 Outline:
    Work Release Facility
    • Paws on Parole Demo
    • Sheriff - Department of the Jail
    • Court Services

  • Sample Session 5 Outline:
    515 N Main Building
    • Property Appraiser
    • Tax Collector
    • Communications & Legislative Affairs
    • Facilities
    • Supervisor of Elections     

  • Sample Session 6 Outline:
    Alachua County Health Department
    • Alachua County Health Department
    • Community Support Services
    • Environmental Protection

  • Sample Session 7 Outline:
    Veterans Memorial Park - Freedom Center
    • Alachua County School Board
    • Tourist Development
    • Economic Development
    • Information & Telecommunication Services
    • Growth Management

  • Sample Session 8 Outline:
    Public Works Compound - Hague

    • Public Works
    • Animal Services
    • Solid Waste & Resource Recovery
    • Parks & Conservation Lands
    • Road Construction
    • IFAS/Ag Extension Office

Registration for the 2017 Alachua County Citizens Academy is now closed. If you have any questions regarding the 2017 Citizens Academy, please call 352-374-5262

  • You must be 18 or older to participate.
  • You are responsible for transportation to/from each meeting site.
  • Alachua County Citizens Academy program seating is limited to 45. If registration capacity is reached, a wait list will be generated.

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at (352)374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).