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Cobb 101 Citizens Government Academy

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The 2020 class will resume sessions in September.


Cobb County staff is excited to announce the Cobb 101 Citizens Government Academy. 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 various government buildings throughout Cobb County, allowing participants to experience all Cobb has to offer fully. Participants are allowed to miss only one class during the 10-week course.

The 2020 class will be limited to 30 participants, who must be 18 years old and Cobb residents or business owners. Those who are running for office are ineligible to participate.

Thank you for your interest in attending Cobb 101.

The application window is now closed. Interested parties can apply for the next Cobb 101 class later this year.  Please return to this page for updates.

Participant Resources

Download course schedule (The schedule/locations are subject to change)

PowerPoint Presentations

Week 1

  • Intro
  • Communications

Week 2

  • Elections
  • Extension
  • Library
  • Senior Services

Week 3

  • Public Safety: Courts and Sheriff

Week 4

  • Public Safety

Week 5

  • Department of Transportation

Week 6

  • Support Services

Week 7

  • Water System

Week 8

  • Community Development

Week 9

  • Finance

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

Video: Hear from previous Cobb 101 participants

Program Schedule

Date Course Overview Location
February 27 Introduction to Cobb County Leaders, Municipalities, Cobb Delegation, Legislative Update, and Communications BOC Meeting Room & Learning Center
100 Cherokee St., 2nd Floor
Marietta, GA 30090
March 5 Public Services Agency - PARKS, Library System, Senior Services, Elections & Registration, Extension Services, Govt. Service Centers TBD
March 12 Public Safety - Sheriff's Office and Courts TBD
March 19 Public Safety Agency - DPS Administration, Police, Fire, 911, EMA, Safety Village, and Animal Services TBD
March 26 Department of Transportation - Tour TBD
April 2 Support Services Agency - Property Management, Information Services, Fleet, Purchasing, GIS TBD
April 9 Spring Break - No Class  
April 16 Water System - Tour TBD
April 23 Community Development - Business License, Zoning, Planning, Economic Development, Development and Inspections, Code Enforcement, and Erosion TBD
April 30 Finance - Finance, Tax Commissioner, Tax Assessor TBD
May 7 Graduation TBD

All sessions begin promptly at 6:00 PM and end at 9:00 PM.

Locations are yet to be determined. Final class order may change.

How do I participate?


Contact the Cobb 101 team at or (770) 528-2324 for more information.