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 and Recreation
  • 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 2018 Paducah Citizens' Academy.  Registration is available below.

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

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 2018

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.