Alachua County Citizens Academy

  • Alachua County Citizens Academy Animal Services
  • Tommy Crosby teaches about county budget process
  • Tour of Waste Management Facilities
  • Commissioner Chestnut
  • Fire Rescue Demo
  • Michelle Lieberman, County Attorney
  • Parks Tour
  • Dr. Niblock, County Manager
  • New Playground
  • Session Participants
  • Sheriff Darnell at the Emergency Operation Center
  • Alachua County Citizens Academy Graduation Picture
  • County Manager's Message

    Dear Alachua County Citizens:

    Whether you are new to our community, or are a life-long resident, I would 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 your elected and public Alachua County officials from the Board of County Commissioners, Constitutional Officers, Judiciary, Library District and School Board.
    Throughout the eight-week program, you will better understand the vast 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.
    Alachua County also offers an advanced Citizens Academy program which provides ride-a-longs and other hands on, individualized experiences for those graduates looking to further participate in their local County government.
    Thank you for your interest in the Alachua County Citizens Academy and I look forward to meeting you at our first session!

    Dr. Lee A. Niblock, CM
    County Manager

  • Sample Schedule

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

  • Session 1:
    April 06, 2017 - 9:00am - 12:30pm
    Library Headquarters Building – Downtown Gainesville
    • County Manager
    • County Attorney
    • Management and Budget
    • Library District

  • Session 2:
    April 13, 2017 - 9:00am - 12:30pm
    Emergency Operations Center
    • Fire/Rescue
    • Alachua County Sheriff’s Office
    • ACSO Headquarters & Communications

  • Session 3:
    April 20, 2017 - 9:00am - 12:30pm
    Criminal Courthouse - Jury Room
    • Eighth Judicial Circuit
    • Public Defender
    • State Attorney
    • Local Impact of State Constitutional Revision Commission
    • Clerk of the Court
    • Human Resources
    • Equal Opportunity

  • Session 4:
    April 27, 2017 - 9:00am - 12:30pm
    Work Release Facility
    • Sheriff - Department of the Jail
      • Paws on Parole Demo
    • Court Services

  • Session 5:
    May 04, 2017 - 9:00am - 12:30pm
    Josiah T. Walls Building
    • Property Appraiser
    • Tax Collector
    • Communications & Legislative Affairs
    • Facilities
    • Supervisor of Elections     

  • Session 6:
    May 11, 2017 - 9:00am - 12:30pm
    Alachua County Health Department
    • Alachua County Health Department
    • Community Support Services
    • Environmental Protection

  • Session 7:
    May 18, 2017 - 9:00am - 12:30pm
    Veteran's Memorial Park - Freedom Center
    • Alachua County School Board
    • Tourist Development
    • Economic Development
    • Information & Telecommunication Services
    • Growth Management

  • Session 8:
    May 25, 2017 - 8:00am - 3:00pm
    Public Works Compound - Hague - Start of Chartered Bus Tour
    • Public Works
    • Animal Services
    • Solid Waste & Resource Recovery
    • Parks
    • Road Construction
    • Conservation Lands
    • IFAS/Ag Extension Office

  • 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.

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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).