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Citizens' Academy

Would you like to know more about how the County’s budget is developed, how the County is structured, or the basic functions of Pasco County’s Constitutional Officers and administrative departments? Pasco County is offering its sixth Citizens’ Academy, providing citizens the opportunity to learn more about their county government. 

What is the Pasco County Citizens’ Academy?

Pasco County Citizens’ Academy is an interactive program that focuses on educating citizens about the County’s governmental operations. Elected officials, department directors and other county staff will host unique and informative sessions designed to give citizens hands-on experience in county government operations. Join other citizens who help keep our community strong by actively participating in County affairs.

The Citizens’ Academy is a series of professionally-led workshop sessions designed to familiarize citizens with Pasco County government and the services it provides. It is an educational experience that will give participants insight into the county’s governmental process through a three-step process to: 

  • Improving citizens’ understanding of local government.
  • Developing citizens’ understanding of their role in government.
  • Developing a pool of knowledgeable individuals to act as ambassadors, serve on advisory boards, and volunteer.

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 Citizens' Academy Class of 2017 Graduation


What Topics Will Be Offered?

Overview of County Government Office of Management and Budget
Historic Overview of Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources
Building Inspections Planning and Development
Clerk of Court & Comptroller Property Appraiser
Code Compliance Public Safety
Community Services Public Services
County Administration    Public Works
Development Services    School Board
Emergency Management Sheriff  Public Safety
Fire Rescue Supervisor of Elections Public Services
Internal Services Tax Collector   Public Works
Libraries Utilities

When and Where Are the Classes Offered?

The next cycle of the Pasco County Citizens’ Academy will take place during the Fall of 2018. Classes will be held each Thursday, tentatively, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at several locations throughout Pasco County, including the West Pasco Government Center, the Hudson Regional Library, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), the Pasco County Jail, and other facilities.  A copy of the schedule will become available during the Spring of 2018.

Who May Attend? 

Anyone who lives or works in Pasco County, and who is at least 18 years of age.  Anyone willing and able to attend at least 10 out of 12 sessions.  

How to Apply?


Applications can be downloaded here. The application period for the 2018 academy will open up during the Fall.  Please keep checking our page for updates.  


 Completed applications can be sent via mail or email:
  Johanna Rodriguez
  Intergovernmental Affairs
  8731 Citizens Drive, Suite 135
  New Port Richey, Florida 34654
  
Is There a Charge for the Program?

The Academy is offered free of charge to all participants. Participants are responsible for their own transportation.  Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate of completion and be recognized at a Board of County Commission meeting.

What are you waiting for? Get Involved! 
 
If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact the Intergovernmental Affairs at (727) 815-7092.