Paducah Citizens' Academy

About the Paducah Citizens' Academy

2019 academy scheduleThe Paducah Citizens’ Academy is your Passport to City Government.  The Academy connects participants to their local government through interactive sessions with the City Manager, directors, and managers about the inner workings of city government.  Participants also have the opportunity to go on public safety ride-alongs, learn about the floodwall, and take tours of city facilities.

Topics covered include

  • Form & Function of Government
  • Public Safety (Police, Fire, E-911)
  • Information Technology including Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Planning and Community Development
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Finance and Budget
  • Engineering & Public Works

The 2019 Paducah Citizens’ Academy will be Thursdays 6 until 8 p.m. from March 7 through May 14.  The Academy will not meet April 4 due to spring break for local schools.  Plus, the Academy will not meet May 2.  A graduation ceremony will be at the May 14 meeting of the Paducah Board of Commissioners with a reception before the meeting. 

The program is free to participants; however, class size is limited.  Individuals 16 years of age and older who live, work, or attend school in Paducah-McCracken County are encouraged to apply.  Participants must attend 7 of the 8 sessions to graduate.  

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If you have questions, contact Assistant City Manager Michelle Smolen or call 270-538-9827.

2018 Graduation Photo

Photo from the Graduation Ceremony held June 12, 2018.  There were 21 academy participants.  Some were not able to attend the graduation ceremony.

Citizens' Academy Graduation Class #2

2017 Graduation Photo

Photo from the Graduation Ceremony held May 23, 2017.  There were 21 academy participants.  Some were not able to attend the graduation ceremony.

Citizens' Academy Class 1

Register for Paducah Citizens' Academy 2019

I hereby grant permission for the City of Paducah to conduct a criminal history background check prior to my admission into the Paducah Citizens’ Academy. Please note that if you are under the age of 18, additional parental consent will be required.