Civic Engagement

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



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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. 

Sessions meet weekly on Tuesdays, September 8 - November 10, 2015 from 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Graduates will be recognized at the Board of Commissioners Voting Session on Thursday, November 19, 2015, with a reception to follow.
For more information contact Ginny Tarver:

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 2015 will run June 8 - 12, 2015.

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.