Introducing the new Walton County Citizens Academy—an exciting opportunity for residents to engage, learn, and actively participate in shaping our community's future. Designed with you in mind, this unique program offers a firsthand look into the inner workings of local government, empowering citizens to make a meaningful difference. Whether you're curious about the decision-making process, eager to connect with like-minded individuals, or simply want to gain a deeper understanding of our community, the Citizens Academy invites you to sign up and embark on a transformative journey of civic knowledge and involvement. Join us as we come together to build a stronger, more vibrant Walton County for all.
How to Apply:
We are thrilled to announce that due to overwhelming interest and enthusiasm from our community, all spots for the 2024 Walton County Citizens Academy have been filled! For those who were unable to secure a spot this time, we encourage you to stay connected and keep an eye out for future opportunities.
What is the Walton County Citizens Academy?
The Walton County Citizens Academy is an innovative and immersive program designed to provide residents with an in-depth understanding of their local government, foster civic engagement, and encourage active participation in shaping the community. Through a series of interactive sessions, participants get a behind-the-scenes look at how various departments and agencies operate, gaining valuable insights into the decision-making processes, policies, and services that impact daily life. Led by knowledgeable experts, the academy covers a wide range of topics such as community services, planning and development, environmental conservation, and more. By joining the Walton County Citizens Academy, individuals not only expand their knowledge of local governance, but also forge meaningful connections with fellow citizens, empowering them to become informed advocates and catalysts for positive change in Walton County.
What is the Cost to Participate?
The Academy is offered free of charge to all participants. Upon completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate of completion and be recognized at a Board of County Commissioners meeting.
What Topics Will Be Offered?
Administration, Office of the County Attorney, Governmental Affairs, Human Resources
Planning and Development Services, Building Department, Code Compliance
Public Works, Engineering, Environmental Services, Mosquito Control
Tourism Administration and Beach Operations, Coastal Dune Lakes & Artificial Reef Discussion
Office of Management and Budget, Purchasing
Parks and Recreation, Eagle Springs Golf Course, Facilities Maintenance
Emergency Management, Geographic Information Systems, Department of Health
Veteran Services, UF/IFAS Extension Services, Library System, Housing and Urban Development, Guardian ad Litem
What Happens in a Session?
In a Citizens Academy session, participants embark on an engaging and informative journey that offers an inside look at the various aspects of local government. Led by experts in their respective fields, sessions may include interactive presentations, discussions, and hands-on activities.
Who Can Participate?
Participants must live or work in Walton County and be at least 18 years of age. Anyone willing and able to attend at least 6 out of 8 sessions.
When and Where Will Sessions Be Held?
The first cycle of the Walton County Citizens Academy will begin in February 2024 and last through September 2024. Classes will be held once a month from 5:00 p.m. to approximately 6:30 p.m. at the Freeport Annex Boardroom. A class schedule will be provided upon acceptance and as part of your program packet on the first session. Times and locations subject to change.
2024 Citizens Academy Schedule – Tentative
90 minute sessions
February 7, 2024 – Administration, Office of the County Attorney, Governmental Affairs, Human Resources
March 6, 2024 – Planning and Development Services, Building Department, Code Compliance
April 3, 2024 – Public Works, Engineering, Environmental Services, Mosquito Control
May 1, 2024 – Tourism Administration and Beach Operations, Coastal Dune Lakes & Artificial Reef Discussion
June 5, 2024 – Office of Management and Budget, Purchasing
July 10, 2024 – Parks and Recreation, Eagle Springs Golf Course, Facilities Maintenance
August 7, 2024 – Emergency Management, Geographic Information Systems, Department of Health
September 4, 2024 – Veteran Services, UF/IFAS Extension Services, Library System, Housing and Urban Development, Guardian ad Litem
For more information or questions please contact:
Program Development and Outreach Coordinator