Citizens Academy

2018 Bay County Citizens Academy

The Bay County Citizens Academy is an informative series of classes about the many services provided by the Bay County Board of County Commissioners. Students will learn from elected officials and county administrators about an array of topics such as the budgeting process, where we get our drinking water, what happens to our trash, how our tax dollars are spent and much, much more. The class concludes with a day-long field trip to various county facilities, including Animal Control, the Emergency Operations Center, the Bay County Gun Range and more.   The county will hold a graduation ceremony for participating members during the Bay County Commission meeting at the Bay County Government Center.  An itinerary for each session is available below.

Space is limited to the first 20 people who register.
Lunch and transportation are provided the day of the field trip.


Mondays, Apr 9 - May 14 | 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Student Union East, room 243
CRN: 91237 |  XCE0277 | Fee $25
Note: More specific information on the sessions to be announced

calendar of sessions

  • Session 1: Monday, Apr 9

    9:00 to 9:05 a.m.

    Welcome Comments from Chairman Dozier

    9:05 to 9:20 a.m.

    County Manager, Bob Majka - Introduction to Bay County BOCC

    9:20 to 9:45 a.m.

    Budget and Transit

    9:45 to 10:00 a.m.


    10:00 to 10:50 a.m.

    Community Development – Planning & Zoning, Builders Services and Code Enforcement

    10:50 to 11:00 a.m.


  • Session 2: Monday, April 16

    9:00 to 9:05 a.m.

    Welcome Remarks by Commissioner

    9:05 to 9:25 a.m.

    Parks & Recreation

    9:25 to 9:50 a.m.

    Solid Waste – Waste To Energy

    9:50 to 10:00 a.m.


    10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

    Animal Control Presentation, Questions and then Tour of Trolley

  • Session  3: Monday, April 23

    9:00 to 9:15 a.m.

    Welcome Remarks by Commissioner

    9:15 to 10:00 a.m.

    Public Works – Traffic & Engineering Presentation, Questions, and Tour of Intelligent Traffic Room

    10:00 to 10:25 a.m.

    Cooperative Extension Presentation & Questions

    10:25 to 10:35 a.m.

    Walk to Library

    10:35 to 11:00 a.m.

    Tour Library, ending in History Room

  • Session  4: Monday, April 30

    9:00 to 9:05 a.m.

    Welcome Remarks by Commissioner

    9:05 to 9:30 a.m.

    IT and GIS Presentations and Questions

    9:30 to 9:45 a.m.

    Veterans Services Presentation and Questions

    9:45 to 10:00 a.m.

    Public Information Officer

    10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

    Facilities, Roads and Bridges and Mosquito Control Presentations and Questions at the end

  • Session  5: Monday, May 7

    9:00 to 9:05 a.m.

    Welcome Remarks by Commissioner

    9:05 to 10:00 a.m.

    Fire, EMS and Emergency Services Presentations and Questions

    10:00 to 10:25 a.m.

    Utilities Presentation and Questions

    10:25 to 10:40 a.m.

    Transit Presentation and Questions

    10:40 to 11:00 a.m.

    Review and Closing Discussion (Possible completion of survey)

  • Session  6: Monday, May 14

    Front of Bay County Government Center

    8:00 a.m.

    Depart for Utilities on Transmitter Road

    Travel Time to Water Treatment Plant/Utilities

    8:00 to 8:20 a.m.


    Water Treatment Plant/Utilities – Transmitter Road

    8:20 to 9:00 a.m.

    Tour of Facility

    Travel Time to Animal Control

    9:00 to 9:15 a.m.


    Animal Control

    9:15 to 9:35 a.m.

    Tour of Facility

    Waste To Energy

    9:35 to 9:50 a.m.

    Tour of Facility

    Travel Time to EOC

    9:50 to 10:20 a.m.


    EOC – Southport

    10:20 to 10:50 a.m.

    Tour of Facility

    Travel Time to Solid Waste/Gun Range

    10:50 to 11:15 a.m.


    Steelfield Landfill

    11:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

    Riding Tour of Landfill (Pick up Glenn upon arrival)

    Gun Range

    11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

    Presentation by FWC in Gun Range Meeting Room, pre-arranged activity on gun range or golf cart tour and catered lunch

    Travel Time to West End Fire Station

    1:15 to 1:35 p.m.


    West End Fire Station

    1:35 to 2:00 p.m.

    Tour of Fire Station

    Travel Time to County Pier

    2:00 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.


    County Pier

    2:20 to 2:30 p.m.

    Drive by County Pier (stop and get out if they want to)

    Travel Time Back to Government Center

    2:30 to 3:00 p.m.


  • Graduation: 
     Bay County Government Center Commission Chambers
    (9:00 a.m.)

Lara Herter, Program Developer, Community & Education
T  850.873.3583
M  850.217.9952