Ever wonder what makes our county parks a national leader? Do you want an inside glimpse of the local election process? You can have these experiences and more while learning about the inner workings of Johnson County Government and discovering opportunities to become more involved in our community through the Johnson County Citizens Academy program.
The program has three primary goals: enhance citizen knowledge of county operations and services; increase volunteerism; encourage participation on Johnson County boards and commissions.
During Citizens Academy sessions, participants hear presentations from staff, perform hands-on activities and take tours of various county departments and agencies, including Public Works, Human Services, the Library, Developmental Supports, Park and Recreation, the Sheriff’s Office and more.
Shawnee resident and fall 2016 Citizens Academy participant John Keogh said he gained important insight into government operations.
“The most valuable thing for me was the knowledge that our leaders have the well-being of this community well in hand,” Keogh said. “I was continually struck by the passion and commitment of the members of our county government and the leaders of our county services. I’m comforted knowing this, and I’m more passionate than ever to get involved.”
The spring 2019 program will begin Feb. 11 and meet for three hours, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., each Monday evening until April 15. The county will provide dinner at no cost to participants during each weekly session.
Enrollment is free. Visit jocogov.org/citizensacademy for more information and to apply. If you have questions about the Citizens Academy program, please call Johnny McFarland at 913-715-0729. The spring 2019 program application deadline is Jan. 24.