Paducah Citizens' Academy

About the Paducah Citizens' Academy

citizens' academy logo and photosThe 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 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.  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.  

Stay tuned for the dates of the next Paducah Citizens' Academy.

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

Spring 2017 Citizens' Academy

2017 Academy Schedule >>

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

Session Resources

From May 18, 2017:  Finance Department Slide Presentation >>
From May 11, 2017:  Police Department Slide Presentation >>
From May 4, 2017:  Planning and Community Development Slide Presentation >>
From April 27, 2017:  GIS (Geographic Information System) Slide Presentation >>
From April 27, 2017:  Information Technology Department Slide Presentation >>
From April 27, 2017:  911 Communications Services Department Slide Presentation >>
From April 20, 2017:  Parks Services Department Slide Presentation >>
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 >>