Photo courtesy of St. Mary’s County Government

With an abundance of pride the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County presented certificates of completion to graduates of the county’s first St. Mary’s County Government Citizens Academy class.

The free seven week Academy provided an overview of County programs and services offered.
Classes were held Tuesday evenings and rotated among various county government sites.

Participants gained a better understanding of County government operations while receiving first hand explanations from department directors and staff.

26 county citizens were enrolled in the Academy which took place in September and October.

“The Citizens Academy turned out to be popular beyond our initial expectations,” said Dr. Rebecca Bridgett, County Administrator. “We’ve received lots of positive feedback from both the participants and county staff. We’re looking forward to offering the Academy again in 2015.”

The Citizens Academy is tailored on a program developed by the National Association of Counties (NACo) which encourages counties to provide citizens with a behind the scenes look at county government operations.