Alachua County Citizens Academy

  • Commissioner Chestnut
  • Michelle Lieberman, County Manager
  • Animal Services Equipment Demo
  • Environmental Protection Surface Waters Demo
  • Fire Rescue Demo
  • Budget Activity with Participants
  • Citizens Academy Class Photo
  • Citizens Academy Graduation
  • 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, family members, friends, 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, Health Department, 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 learn 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

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  • 2024 Alachua County Citizens Academy Schedule (Subject to Change)

    Each session 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 23, 2024 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 04, 2024 - 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Alachua County Fire Rescue Training Facility - 5801 NW 34th Blvd
    • County Manager
    • County Attorney
    • Budget & Fiscal Services
    • Communications

  • Session 2:
    April 11, 2024 - 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Alachua County Emergency Operations Center
    • Fire/Rescue
    • Emergency Management
    • Alachua County Sheriff’s Office
    • Combined Communications Center / 911 Call Center

  • Session 3:
    April 18, 2024 - 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Alachua County Stephan P Mickle Criminal Courthouse - Jury Room
    • Eighth Judicial Circuit
    • Public Defender
    • State Attorney
    • Clerk of the Court

  • Session 4:
    April 25, 2024 - 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Alachua County Health Department Conference Room
    • Alachua County Health Department
    • Community Support Services
    • Environmental Protection

  • Session 5:
    May 02, 2024 - 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Alachua County Library District Headquarters
    • Alachua County Property Appraiser's Office
    • Alachua County Tax Collector's Office
    • Alachua County Library District    

  • Session 6:
    May 09, 2024 - 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Freedom Center at Veterans Memorial Park
    • Alachua County Public Schools
    • Tourism
    • Growth Management
    • Codes Administration

  • Session 7:
    May 16, 2024 - 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Alachua County Court Services - Work Release Facility

    • Court Services Department
    • Alachua County Sheriff's Office - Department of Jail

  • Session 8:
    May 23, 2024 - 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Chartered Bus Tour - starting location Alachua County Public Works - Hague
    • Public Works
    • Animal Services
    • Solid Waste & Resource Recovery
    • Parks
    • Conservation Lands
    • Alachua County Sports & Events Center
    • IFAS/Ag Extension Office

To register for the 2024 Alachua County Citizens Academy, please complete the registration form below.  If you have any questions, please email  or call 352-264-7066.

  • You must be at least 18 years of age 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 50. 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 3 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).​