Campbell County graduated 22 residents from its 2023 Citizens Academy program on Wednesday.
The Citizens Academy is a deep dive into the workings of county government on issues from public safety to infrastructure and economic development. The participants came from different backgrounds, from law enforcement to small business owners.
“This is a great event,” Campbell County Commissioner Brian Painter said. “Each one of the citizen’s academy graduates—your assets. Your assets to your friends, your assets to your families, your assets to those around you, to anyone you talk to because you know more about Campbell County government right now than 99% of the people you interact with.”
The Citizens’ Academy is a nine-week educational program. The program is free and available to all Campbell County residents and business owners 18 years and older.
“Your journey through the program reflects the collective drive to enhance our community,” Economic and Community Development Director for Campbell County Justin Otto said. “This isn’t just a culmination. It’s a new beginning. You’re not just graduates; you are now ambassadors of knowledge and change. Equipped with the tools and understanding to guide our county toward a brighter, more prosperous future.”
The participants met Monday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sept. 11 through Nov. 6. Campbell County Community Services Manager Allyn Reinecke organized the event and said it was a significant undertaking for the attendees.
“It’s been a pleasure getting to know all of you over the past nine weeks,” Reinecke said. “This was a really big commitment to do this every Monday evening, and I applaud your dedication to this program.”