As the Board of Supervisors wraps up their annual workshop, community members are encouraged to engage with their local government through the County’s 2020 Citizen’s Academy. Nevada County is now accepting applications for its 7th year of Citizen’s Academy which offers a behind the scenes look at County government. Participants tour six 6 County facilities and learn from over twenty department presentations that cover a wide range of services from A (Agriculture) to Z (Zoning).

“A common theme across all policy initiatives discussed at the workshop was the importance of a unified community strategy.” said Alison Lehman, County Executive Officer. “We recognize that well informed residents are key to our success and know that the more details we share about our work helps move the needle on the important issues facing our county.”

Citizen’s Academy takes place on ten consecutive Monday evenings, excluding holidays, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. starting in late March through early June. Specific dates and topics for each session of Citizen’s Academy can be found online at

“Citizen’s Academy was an exciting opportunity to gain insight into the inner workings of Nevada County,” said Ricki Heck, a 2017 graduate of Citizen’s Academy and District I NID Director. “I gained a greater understanding of the process and an appreciation of how hard County employees work for our community.”

The goal of Citizen’s Academy is to increase civic engagement within Nevada County and acquaint community leaders with the various functions of County government. The program has over 100 graduates of Citizen’s Academy to-date. In 2020, the County will be offering Citizen’s Academy in both the spring and fall to accommodate the increase in applicants the program has seen in recent years.

Applications for Spring 2020 are due February 14th. Find more information and apply online at