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Registration Deadline EXTENDED for the 2017 Citizens Academy Program

Post Date:03/17/2017 1:49 PM
OCALA, Fla. (March 17, 2017) – The registration deadline for the 2017 City of Ocala Citizens Academy has been extended to Friday, March 24 at 11:59 p.m. Application packets are available on the City’s website and can be submitted via email to or via fax at 352-629-8391. 

Citizens Academy is a free, exciting, eight-week program that touches upon virtually every facet of city government. Sessions will be held Thursdays, April 6 through May 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at various city locations. Food and other refreshments will be provided at each session. 

Participants will have the chance to visit and speak with nearly every city department including the Ocala International Airport, Ocala Fire Rescue, Ocala Police Department, Public Works Department, Ocala Electric Utility and more! Participants will also have the opportunity to hear from elected officials and top city administrators, including City Manager, John Zobler. Each session will include live demonstrations, a question and answer portion, and educational discussions to give participants a better understanding of current City projects and economic development opportunities. 

2017 Citizens Academy Schedule: 
Sessions will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. each week
Thursday, April 6 – Mayor Kent Guinn, Council President Brent Malever, City Clerk, Human Resources
Thursday, April 13 – Ocala International Airport, Office of Budget and Management 
Thursday, April 20 – Recreation and Parks, City Manager John Zobler
Thursday, April 27 – Ocala Fire Rescue 
Thursday, May 4 – Ocala Electric Utility, Telecommunications, Fleet, Facilities 
Thursday, May 11 – Ocala Police Department
Thursday, May 18 – Growth Management, Revitalization Strategies 
Thursday, May 25 –Public Works, Engineering, Water Resources

All participants must be at least 18 years of age and currently be a resident or business owner in Ocala/Marion County. The deadline to register is Friday, March 24. Space is limited and is reserved on a first come, first served basis. 

For more information, please contact Jackie McGuinness at 352-401-3977 or