The popular Citizens Academy program is a free nine week course designed to introduce participants to the day-to-day operations of Flagler County government.
Each week participants will learn about the functions and operations of different County departments. Meeting locations will be held at different County facilities. The final session – a mock County Commission meeting – will allow academy members to take part in a mock meeting of the County Commission.
Session 1: "Getting to Know Your County Government" with presentations by the County Commission Chairman, County Administrator, and County Attorney.
Session 2: "Constitutional Offices" with presentations by the Clerk of Court, Tax Collector, Supervisor of Elections and Property Appraiser.
Session 3: "General Services, Land Management, Public Works and Engineering" with overviews of the responsibilities of those departments.
Session 4: "Public Safety" with presentations by the Sheriff's Office, and the County Fire Rescue and Emergency Management Departments.
Session 5: "Innovation Technology and Growth Management" with presentations by the County's Public Information Officer and Innovation Technology Director, as well as an overview of the responsibilities of the Planning, Building and Code Enforcement Departments.
Session 6: "Community Services, County Health Department and Extension Service" with presentations on the Library operations, the Social Services, Extension Service and Veterans Service Departments, as well as the Flagler County Health Department.
Session 7: "Flagler County Airport" with presentations by the Airport Director.
Session 8: "Finance, Tourism, and Economic Development" with overviews of the responsibilities of the Budget, Purchasing, Housing, and Economic Development departments, as well as a presentation on the County's tourism promotion efforts.
Session 9: This will be the Mock County Commission Meeting and Roundtable Discussion with the County Commissioners.
Finally, the class graduation ceremony will be held at a Board of County Commissioners meeting.
Watch for the date of the next class the first quarter of 2016! See you then!