Paducah Citizens' Academy

citizens' academy scheduleAbout the Paducah Citizens' Academy

The 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)
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Planning and Community Development
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Finance and Budget
  • Engineering and Public Works

For 2018, sessions are held on Thursdays in various city buildings from 3 until 5:30 p.m.  Participants must attend 7 of the 8 sessions to graduate with graduation held during a meeting of the Paducah Board of Commissioners.  The program is free to participants.  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.  

The 2018 Paducah Citizens' Academy began March 22 and runs through May 17.  Graduation has been moved to June 12 at City Hall with a reception at 5 p.m. and a ceremony at 5:30 with the Paducah Board of Commissioners.  Registration is closed.  

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

Presentations from 2018 Sessions

Form & Function of City Government by Interim City Manager Mark Thompson (presented 3-22-2018) >>
Paducah Fire Department (presented 3-29-2018) >>
Engineering-Public Works Project Management (presented 4-12-2018) >>   
Engineering-Public Works Storm Water & Drainage (presented 4-12-2018) >> 
Parks & Recreation Department Information (presented 4-19-2018) >>
Planning Department (presented 4-26-2018) >>
Emergency Communications Services Department (911) (presented 5-3-2018) >>
Information Technology Department (presented 5-3-2018) >> 
Police Department (presented 5-10-2018) >> 
Finance Department (presented 5-17-2018) >>

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