The 2016 Citizens’ Academy for Monroe County residents is coming up, and there are still a few spaces available! The Citizens’ Academy, which begins February 8th and ends April 4th, is designed to give Monroe County residents a better understanding of how county government functions, where tax dollars go, and how to become involved in county boards and committees. The program allows citizens to interact directly with elected officials and department heads and get a behind the scenes tour of several county government facilities.
The Monroe County Citizens’ Academy is supported and funded by Monroe County government and conducted by the Monroe County Extension Office. There is no cost to participate; however registration is requested by February 1st. Classes will be held in the evening from 6-9PM, at various locations.
A brochure with additional information, including a registration form, is available at the Purdue Extension – Monroe County Office, located at 3400 South Walnut Street and on the web here. You can also get additional information about the program through the Purdue Extension – Monroe County Office at 349-2575 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a list of the topics for the Citizens’ Academy:
- Monroe County Council and Financing Local Government (I will be speaking about Financing Local Government)
- Assessor and County Clerk
- Highway, Planning and Emergency Management
- Unified Courts
- Probation, Community Corrections, Drug Court
- Jail and Law Enforcement (including a tour of the jail, which is always one of the highlights of the program)
- Youth Services, Health Dept, Township Trustees and Auditor’s Office
- County Commissioners and County Recorder
This is a great program and a great learning opportunity. Sign up now while you still can!