Citizens Academy

The Next Citrus County Citizens Academy Is Scheduled to Begin: Thursday, September 5, 2024. 

NOTE: If the class is full, interested citizens are encouraged to submit an application to have their name placed on a waiting list in case of a cancellation or as a place holder for the next session.  Just scroll down to the end of the screen and fill the electronic application.

Contact: Leyda Rivera at 352-527-5900 for more information.

Citrus 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.

The Citizens Academy is a free course designed to educate citizens about the departments that implement the policy of the commission and to give residents a hands-on, inside look at what, how and why the county's departments do what they do.

If you would like an up-close and personal look at Citrus County government... then this is the class for you!
And It's Free! 

Spring 2024 Citizens Academy 
Class of Spring 2024

Leyda Rivera, Citizens Academy Coordinator
BOCC/Community Services Department

2804 W. Marc Knighton Court
Lecanto, FL 34461
(352) 527-5900

The Goal is to create informed Citizens who understand the board's responsibilities and capabilities, how to taxpayer's resources are utilized in the various departments, how the county is structured and basic functions of county departments.

  • There are various field trips via county buses during the sessions. Departments and divisions covered include, for example, Planning & DevelopmentBuildingManagement and BudgetSystems ManagementPublic WorksCommunity ServicesParks and Recreation, and Code Compliance, as well as numerous others.
  • There are no qualifications needed other than being a resident of the county and interested in how it works, and the only requirement of the class is attendance.
  • Registration is on a first come, first served basis. If more than the allotted slots are requested, the names will be put on a waiting list in the order they were received for the next session.
  • The course does not cover the other elected constitutional offices, such as the County Court Clerk, the Property Appraiser, Supervisor of Elections, Tax Collector, and Sheriff, except for cooperative programs with the commission and how their budgets are part of the overall county budget.

Citizens Academy Initial Application

I am interested in attending Citizens Academy. Please sign me up for the next Season available.