Cobb County Government

Cobb County staff is excited to announce the new Cobb 101 Citizens Government Academy coming this spring. This academy is a ten-week course designed to provide an in-depth look at the many functions of county government. It will be held at 100 Cherokee St. in Marietta and various government buildings in Cobb, allowing participants to fully experience all Cobb has to offer.

The inaugural class will be limited to 45 participants, who must be 18 years old and Cobb residents or business owners. Those who are running for office are ineligible to participate. After the inaugural class has been selected, additional applications will be elligible for the second class, tentatively scheduled for spring 2019.

The application deadline is Feb. 28.

The Citizens Government Academy is a ten-week program designed to:
  • Give residents an opportunity to learn how to access their government
  • Familiarize residents with government services, functions and activities in Cobb County
  • Help residents gain a better understanding about how to become involved in local government
  • Enhance residents’ ability to communicate effectively with local officials
Program details:

Through a combination of presentations and hands-on projects, participants will learn about vital community services including emergency services, law enforcement, planning, zoning, finance, court systems, public works, special projects, parks and recreation. Most importantly, participants will have the opportunity to connect with their local officials and county staff who provide these services. Weekly instructors will vary depending upon the county service or department being covered that week.

The program is structured around six strategic commitments:
  • Informed and engaged community
  • Financial health and economic prosperity
  • Healthy, livable and sustainable Cobb County
  • Transportation, mobility and connectivity
  • Safe and prepared community
  • Accountable and responsive government
Participants will gain a better understanding of:
  • The relationships between residents, the county manager and Board of Commissioners and governmental departments
  • The process of deciding why and how government projects are implemented and services are provided
  • The ways various projects support county manager and Board of Commissioners’ goals and objectives
  • The budgeting process
  • Roles and functions of county departments