Paducah Citizens' Academy

About the Paducah Citizens' Academy

citizens' academy logo and photosJoin the first annual Paducah Citizens’ Academy.  It's your Passport to City Government.  The Academy will connect participants to their local government through interactive sessions with the City Manager, directors, and managers about the inner workings of city government.  Participants also will 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 Services
  • Finance and Budget
  • Engineering and Public Works

Sessions are held on Thursdays in various city buildings from 6:30 to 9 p.m. starting late March and ending in May.  Participants must attend 7 of the 8 sessions to graduate with graduation held during a meeting of the Paducah Board of Commissioners.

2017 Academy Schedule >>

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 registration deadline for the current class was March 3, 2017.  No new applicants are being accepted at this time.  If you have questions, contact Assistant to the City Manager Michelle Smolen or call 270-538-9827.

Session Resources

From April 13, 2017:  Storm Water and Drainage Presentation from Engineering-Public Works >>

From March 23, 2017:  City Manager Jeff Pederson's Slide Presentation - Functions of City Government >>

From March 30, 2017:  Fire Department's Slide Presentation >>