Civic Engagement

Kristi Hudson, Public Information Coordinator
25 Justice Way, Suite 2204
Dawsonville, GA 30534


706-344-3500 x 42269

Contact by email

Office Hours:

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.

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 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. 

Academy Schedule : Sessions meet weekly on Tuedays, September 2 - October 28, 2014. 
The final session will be held on Thursday, November 6th, where participants will be recognized and "graduate" during the Board of Commissioners Voting Session, a reception will follow.   Class times: 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Sign up now for the 2014 Program: 2014 Citizens' Government Academy Registration Form     
Completed applications may be emailed to or returned by mail to: 
Dawson County Government Center
Attention: Ginny Peiffer
25 Justice Way, Suite 2236
Dawsonville, GA  30534

Building Educated Students for Tomorrow (BEST)

The freshman-level program offered twice a year at Dawson County High School builds a foundation of civic awareness for the youth of the community. Students are given hands-on opportunities to understand day-to-day operations of county government. From battling blazes on an Emergency Services field trip to sorting out the legalities of zoning issues, students gain a better understanding of issues and challenges in government functions. Through BEST, students develop awareness of how our lives are affected by government while discovering his or her role in the community.

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.  Junior Fire Academy 2014 will run June 9 - 13, 2014.

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.