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2023 Citizens Academy wraps up during Marion County Commission meeting

After learning about every facet of county government, the 2023 Citizens Academy class graduated during the Marion County Board of County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday.

The Citizens Academy is a free 12-week program that teaches participants about the day-to-day operations within Marion County departments through presentations, live demonstrations, question and answer sessions, and onsite educational discussions.

Commission Chairman Craig Curry describes the academy as “an opportunity to hear directly from elected officials, county leadership, and the staff that help Marion County government provide residents and visitors with a great place to live, work, and play.”

Marion County Citizens Academy 2023 participants
Marion County’s 13th Citizens Academy class graduated on June 6, 2023 (Photo: Marion County Public Relations)

During this year’s academy, each Marion County Commissioner spoke to the 22 participants throughout the weekly program. In addition, each citizen had an opportunity to speak with county leaders and provide feedback during each session.

Marion County Citizens Academy 2023 participants (2)
The Citizens Academy participants learned about various Marion County departments during the 12-week program (Photo: Marion County Public Relations)

Over the course of the program, participants learned about Marion County departments, including Dunnellon Airport, Fire Rescue, 911 Management, Animal Services, Veterans Services, Facilities Management, Utilities, and Fleet Management, among others.

For more information, visit the Marion County “Citizens Academy” webpage or call 352-438-2300.