Civic Engagement

Public Affairs
25 Justice Way, Suite 2204
Dawsonville, GA 30534



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Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Our focus is on connecting citizens, elected officials and county staff with meaningful community involvement. Working together, we can make a difference in the civic life of Dawson County.

Community Connections Workshop

Dawson County Government, Dawson County Sheriff's Office, and the City of Dawsonville host a community-wide event each quarter to encourage citizen participation in community affairs. Each workshop features a guest speaker. In addition, Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan, County Manager David Headley, and Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson present brief overviews from their respective offices. All Workshops are open to the public. For more information on upcoming Community Connections Workshops, please contact Alexa Bruce or call 706-344-3501.

Dawson County Citizens' Government Academy

Do you want to know how your government works? Citizens are invited to go behind the scenes of government departments at Dawson County Citizens' Government Academy. The free ten-week course, offered in the fall, is designed to provide an in-depth look at the diverse activities of Dawson County government. Sessions include special projects, emergency services, finance, planning and zoning, law enforcement, court systems and many other vital community services. Upon completion, graduates are recognized at the Board of Commissioners Voting Session, with a special reception to follow.

For more information, please contact Alexa Bruce.

Junior Fire Academy

Dawson County Emergency Services invites all middle school-age students to attend the Junior Fire Academy. For one week each June, cadets learn what it’s like to be a firefighter or EMT as they experience firefighting, search and rescue, CPR, and first aid along with other structured activities. Junior Fire Academy offers fun, educational games and excitement wrapping up with an award banquet on the last day. 

Georgia County Internship Program (GCIP)

Students looking for an internship should explore opportunities available in county government. The Georgia County Internship Program was developed through a partnership between the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE) to provide college, graduate and technical school students with opportunities to work in counties, allowing these students to gain valuable work experience while learning about local government operations.