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Citizens' Academy

Citizens Academy Class of 2016
Pasco County Citizens' Academy Fall 2015 Graduation

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 fourth 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.

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 fifth Pasco County Citizens’ Academy will tentatively start on Thursday, September 22, 2016 and run to December 8, 2016. 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.  Please follow this link to see a copy of the schedule.

Fall 2016 Citizens’ Academy Schedule (subject to revision)
Updated August 29, 2016

 Session  Date  Presentations
 I Thursday, September 22, 2016 Getting to Know Your County Government  
 II Thursday, September 29, 2016 Legislative Administrative and Internal Services (Part I)         
 III Thursday, October 6, 2016 Constitutional Offices (Part I)
 IV Thursday, October 13, 2016 * Constitutional Offices (Part II)
 V Thursday, October 20, 2016 Public Services Branch (Part I)
 VI Thursday, October 27, 2016 Public Services Branch (Part II)
 VII Thursday, November 3, 2016 Utilities Services Branch
 VIII Thursday, November 17, 2016 Development Services Branch (Part I)
 IX Thursday, November 22, 2016 Development Services Branch (Part II)
 X Thursday, December 1, 2016 Public Safety Branch
 XI Thursday, December 8, 2016 ** Internal Services Branch (Part II)
 Graduation Tuesday, December 13, 2016 BCC Meeting, Historic Courthouse in Dade City
  * Rescheduled to November 15, 2016 at 4 PM
                    ** Late Start - begins at 5 PM

Who May Attend?
Anyone who lives or works in Pasco County, and who is at least 18 years of age.

How to Apply?
Applications will be taken May 2, 2016 until July 31, 2016. The application period has closed. 

Completed applications should be mailed to:

    Paula Baracaldo
            Office of Government Affairs
            8731 Citizens Drive, Suite 135
            New Port Richey, Florida 34654

You may also e-mail your application to

Is There a Charge for the Program?

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

Additional Information
If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact the Office of Government Affairs at (727) 815-7092.