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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Explore County Government at the Next Campbell County Citizens Academy

Fort Thomas resident Joe Schwerling was among the first group to attend the Campbell County Citizens Academy (photo: FTM file)
County officials announced this week that a third installment of the Citizens Academy that launched last year is open for applications. Business owners and residents of the county are invited to apply by August 27 for an eight-week session starting this fall.

Aimed at improving citizen education and encouraging participation in local government, the academy runs on Monday evenings from September 10 through October 29, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Most sessions are held at the county building at 1098 Monmouth St. in Newport, but some will include field trips to county facilities.

Staff and experts from a variety of county agencies will give presentations and answer questions about their agency’s scope and mission. This year, participants will hear from staff in county administration, public works, public safety, planning and zoning, taxation, parks and recreation and economic development.

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The county will repeat a favorite of last year’s academies with a visit to the county jail and information about county programs aimed at the opioid epidemic. Some other topics include how road repairs are prioritized, what goes into the county budget, and how land and zoning decisions impact community growth.

In the announcement, Judge/Executive Steve Pendry said in part, "Our goal in delivering this program is to share information about the county’s structure with more people; if we are successful, my hope is that more citizens will become interested and more engaged in the important public work that we do."

Applications and additional details are available on the Campbell County website.

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