Alachua County Citizens Academy

  • 2019 Citizens Academy
  • Tommy Crosby teaches about county budget process 2015
  • Tour of Waste Management Facilities 2015
  • Commissioner Chestnut 2015
  • Michelle Lieberman, County Attorney 2015
  • Parks Tour 2015
  • Animal Services Equipment Demo 2016
  • Environmental Protection Surface Waters Demo 2016
  • Fire Rescue Demo 2016
  • Sheriff Presentation 2016
  • Budget Activity with Participants 2016
  • Commissioner Hutchinson 2016
  • Citizens Academy Class Photo 2016
  • Fire Rescue demo 2016
  • Citizens Academy Graduation 2016
  • Chair Hutchinson welcomes Alachua County Citizens Academy 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 the Alachua County Citizens Academy.

    Our Citizens Academy offers you an opportunity to participate in behind-the-scenes tours, hear lectures and interact with Alachua County officials from the Board of County Commissioners, Constitutional Offices, Judiciary, Library District, and School Board.

    Throughout the eight-week program, you will better understand the variety of discretionary and mandated services provided to you through your local government and appreciate how those services impact your quality of life. In order to graduate, participants are expected to attend at least six of the eight sessions.

    Thank you for your interest in the Alachua County Citizens Academy!

    The Alachua County Leadership Team

  • 2019 Alachua County Citizens Academy Schedule (Tentative)

    Each session below showcases specific County Departments, Constitutional and Judicial Offices, and Special Taxing Districts within Alachua County.  All sessions are Thursdays from 9:00am to 12:30pm, with the exception of May 30, 2019 which is scheduled from 8:00am to 3:00pm.  Attendance at all sessions is recommended, however, you must attend at least six (6) of the eight (8) sessions to receive a certificate of completion.  (Schedule is subject to change.)

  • Session 1:
    April 11, 2019 - 9:00am - 12:30pm
    Josiah T Walls Building – Downtown Gainesville
    • County Manager
    • County Attorney
    • Management and Budget
    • Supervisor of Elections

  • Session 2:
    April 18, 2019 - 9:00am - 12:30pm
    Emergency Operations Center
    • Fire/Rescue
    • Alachua County Sheriff’s Office
    • ACSO Headquarters & Communications

  • Session 3:
    April 25, 2019 - 9:00am - 12:30pm
    Criminal Courthouse - Jury Room
    • Eighth Judicial Circuit
    • Public Defender
    • State Attorney
    • Clerk of the Court
    • Alachua County Charter Review Committee

  • Session 4:
    May 02, 2019 - 9:00am - 12:30pm
    Work Release Facility
    • Sheriff - Department of the Jail
      • Paws on Parole Demo
    • Court Services

  • Session 5:
    May 09, 2019 - 9:00am - 12:30pm
    Thomas Coward Auditorium - Alachua County Health Department
    • Alachua County Health Department
    • Community Support Services
    • Environmental Protection   

  • Session 6:
    May 16, 2019 - 9:00am - 12:30pm
    Alachua County Library District
    • Property Appraiser
    • Tax Collector
    • Communications & Legislative Affairs
    • Library District

  • Session 7:
    May 23, 2019 - 9:00am - 12:30pm
    Veteran's Memorial Park - Freedom Center
    • Alachua County Public Schools
    • Community and Administrative Services
    • Economic Development
    • Growth Management

  • Session 8:
    May 30, 2019 - 8:00am - 3:00pm
    Public Works Compound - Hague - Start of Chartered Bus Tour
    • Public Works
    • Animal Services
    • Solid Waste & Resource Recovery
    • Parks and Conservation Lands
    • IFAS/Ag Extension Office

If you have any questions regarding the 2019 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.
  • Photos may be taken during the Alachua County Citizens Academy sessions, which could be used by Alachua County for marketing, promotion, and/or informational content in print and/or digital media.
  • Alachua County Citizens Academy program seating is limited to 45. If registration capacity is reached, a wait list will be generated.

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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).