Paducah Citizens' Academy

About 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)
  • Technology including Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Planning and Community Development
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Finance and Budget
  • Engineering Projects and Public Works Services

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 can apply.  Participants must attend 7 of the 8 sessions to graduate.  

Stay tuned for information about the next Paducah Citizens' Academy.  

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


Graduation Photos

2020 - Academy had to be cancelled due to COVID-19.

2019 Graduation Photo

Photo from the Graduation Ceremony held May 14, 2019.  A few of the participants were not able to attend the ceremony.

2019 Graduation Ceremony

2018 Graduation Photo

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

Citizens' Academy Graduation Class #2