are now being accepted for this popular Citizens Academy program. This free nine-week course is designed to introduce participants to the day-to-day operations of Flagler County government. Applications
The Spring 2016 session will begin on February 17, 2016 and run until April 13, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Graduation will take place at the April 18, 2016 Board of County Commissioners meeting.
Each week participants will learn about the functions and operations of different County departments. Meeting locations will be held at various County facilities, to include the Emergency Operations Center, Kim C. Hammond Justice Center, Flagler County Public Library, Princess Place Preserve, and Flagler County Airport. The final session – a mock County Commission meeting will be held in the County Commission Chambers and will allow academy members to take part in a mock meeting of the County Commission.
Session 1: "Getting to Know Your County Government"
at the Emergency Operations Center to meet your County Commission Chairman, County Administrator, and County Attorney for an overview of government in Florida, as well as Flagler County’s organizational structure and operations
Session 2: "Constitutional Offices"
Meet at the Kim C. Hammond Justice Center to learn about your Clerk of Court, Supervisor of Elections, Tax Collector, and Property Appraiser and Supervisor of Elections and the services they provide.
Session 3: "Public Safety"
-- Meet at the
Emergency Operations Center, Operations Room and learn how the Sheriff’s Office operates the 911 call center, get an up-close view of the County’s Fire Rescue equipment, and see the County’s Emergency Operations Center. In this session, you will learn about the County’s Fire Rescue operations and how our Emergency Management staff plans for the County’s response to critical incidents and natural disasters.
Session 4: "Community Services, County Health Department and Extension Service"
Meet at the Flagler County Public Library to l earn about the Flagler County Public Library, the County’s Social Services, and the many programs offered by the Extension Service and our Veterans Service Officer programs. In addition, you will learn about the services provided by the Flagler County Health Department.
Session 5: "Innovation Technology, Communications and Growth Management"
-- Attendees will meet at the
Flagler County Government Services Building to hear from Flagler County’s Innovation Technology staff as they present their role in maintaining and modernizing the County’s technology infrastructure. Also, you will learn about the Flagler County Television channel, the County’s public information and communications functions, and get a tour of the County’s website. Also, Growth Management Department staff will discuss its Planning and Zoning, Building Inspection, Permitting, and Code Enforcement services.
Session 6: "Land Management, General Services and Engineering"
-- On the way to the
Princess Place you will meet Flagler County’s Land Management staff who will discuss the County’s Environmentally Sensitive Lands program, land management and conservation efforts, and the County's planning for environmental preservation. The General Services department will discuss the County Parks, Public Transportation, Facilities, Solid Waste, and Utilities. Finally, Flagler County’s Public Works/Engineering Department will present information on the current and planned capital projects, road and bridge maintenance, and the heavy equipment used in the department’s day-to-day operations.
Session 7: "Flagler County Airport"
-- This presentation will take place at the Flagler County Airport where the Airport Director
will take everyone on a tour the Flagler County Airport and learn about the facility’s operations and current projects.
Session 8: "Finance, Tourism, and Economic Development"
Flagler County’s Financial Services Director will discuss the County’s purchasing function, affordable housing program, and the County budget. Also, you will learn about the County’s efforts to attract and promote tourism to our community as well as our efforts to attract, grow, and retain local businesses.
Session 9: “Mock County Commission Meeting and Roundtable Discussion” -- In the final session of the Flagler County Citizens Academy, participants will meet in the County Commission Chambers for the opportunity to put their newly-gained knowledge to use by participating as Commissioners, staff, and members of the public in a simulated County Commission meeting. At the end of this session, participants will complete their experience in the Citizens Academy by participating in an open roundtable discussion with Flagler County’s elected Commissioners.
Monday, April 18: "Graduation" -- Citizens Academy participants completing the program will be recognized at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of County Commissioners. The graduation recognition will be near the beginning of the meeting, under Agenda Item 4, “Recognitions, Proclamations and Presentations.” The meeting begins at 5:00 p.m.
Class size is limited to 25 so sign up early to reserve your seat!