Local government touches the lives of all residents.
From public safety, recreation programs and road maintenance to water service, senior programs, building codes and more, county government performs a vital role in the well-being of our community. Residents got an in-depth look at how county government works through the Calvert County Government Citizens Academy.
This free program featured site visits and discussions with county staff that gave a unique insight into the daily work that goes into local government. The nine-week academy included weekly evening sessions from 6 to 9 pm from January 10 to March 21. It was open to county residents 18 years of age and older, with participants having been selected through an application process.
The Calvert County Citizens Academy held its first session January 10, with an overview of the county at the Calvert Marine Museum. Participants surveyed the County Administrator’s Office and explored the duties of the Deputy County Administrator and the County Attorney. They learned about volunteer opportunities on local advisory boards and commissions.
On January 24, Calvert Pines Senior Center held session two with the citizen participants learning the workings of Human Resources and Community Resources, where they learned about recruitment, risk management, employee benefits and training and development. They also got an overview of the Office on Aging, Public Transportation, Calvert County Family Network and Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse.
On January 31, the Northeast Community Center held the third session, showcasing Finance and Budget, and General Services. Citizens learned about accounting practices, the county budget, the Capital Improvement Program and procurement. They reviewed Buildings & Grounds, capital projects and the mosquito control program.
On February 7, Communications & Media Relations and Technology Services hosted the fourth session at the Harriet E. Brown Community Center. They got to review the county’s integrated marketing and communications program, explore key areas of the Calvert County Government website and learn about technology supporting local government.
On February 13 the attendees met at Kings Landing Park with Planning and Zoning. Here is where they were able to develop an understanding of zoning, permitting and citizen relations, the Board of Appeals, environmental programs, long-range planning, planning/development review and the Division of Inspections and Permits.
On February 21, the class met with Public Safety at the Calvert County Courthouse. The members learned about the False Alarm Reduction Unit, the Control Center (911), Emergency Management, Hazmat Response Team and the county’s volunteer fire-rescue-EMS service.
On February 28, the Calvert County Highway Maintenance Building hosted the class on Public Works and what they do, Explore Engineering, Project Management, Water & Sewer, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Highway Maintenance and Fleet Maintenance.
On March 7, the attendees met at the Detention Center and the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office. They toured the Calvert County Detention Center and learned about the Sheriff’s Office operations.
And finally on March 21, Parks and Recreation and Economic Development met the class at Flag Ponds Nature Park. The participants got an overview of county recreational sites, nature parks, sports programs, aquatics and more through Parks & Recreation. With Economic Development, they reviewed county business development, business support services, agriculture and tourism.
On April 30, 2019, a reception was held in the courthouse lobby for the participants, followed by the commissioners presenting each one a certificate.
Calvert Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) President Hutchins said “this program gives the citizens a look at how the county operates. This is another way we are being transparent to the citizens. They can ask questions and get answers.”
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Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon