2019 Alachua County Citizens Academy Spring Classes

Citizens AcademyBecause Alachua County believes that citizen engagement is fundamental to effective government, residents are encouraged to sign up for the 2019 Alachua County Citizens Academy. Citizens will get an in-depth and hands-on understanding of how County government and constitutional offices operate and how they can most effectively engage and participate in the future of our County.

The free program starts on April 11, 2019. It takes place on Thursday mornings and runs for eight sessions. The registration deadline is March 22. 

To view a complete schedule of classes and to register online, visit the Alachua County Citizens Academy website.

"The Alachua County Citizens Academy is a wonderful opportunity for our citizens,” said Alachua County Manager Michele L. Lieberman. “It is a fast paced, information packed program which provides insight into your local government operations, services, and the challenges ahead. We hope you will join us.”  

Topics include: 

  • County Departments (including Fire Rescue, Animal Services, Environmental Protection, Parks and Conservation Land, Solid Waste, and others)
  • Constitutional Officers (including the Sheriff’s Office, Tax Collector, Supervisor of Elections, Clerk of the Court, and Property Appraiser)
  • Judicial Offices (including State’s Attorney, Public Defender, and the Eighth Judicial Circuit)
  • the County Jail
  • the Alachua County Library District
  • the School Board


Feedback from 2018 Academy participants:

“This was such a fun and informative program.”
“I learned something new every week.”
“I came away with great understanding of how things work behind the scenes.”
“It was great to learn about all of the resources the county has to offer.”
“Each week was well designed and organized to take an extensive topic and make it understandable and actually very enjoyable.”
‘I think every citizen of Alachua County should take this class… it is that valuable for us to know that we get a lot of service for our tax dollar.”
“It is a wonderful educational experience.”

For more information, call Alachua County Strategic Performance Manager Donna Bradbrook at 352-374-5262.

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