Citizens Leadership Academy

Citiznes Leadership Academy participants discussing in board room.Citizens Leadership Academy is an annual program held each fall in conjunction with the City of Peoria. Participants will tour City and County facilities and talk with elected and appointed officials. Our aim is to help citizens understand how their local governments work, the resources they offer and the challenges they face.

 Each session takes place at either a County of Peoria or City of Peoria building and usually involves a presentation, tour and time for questions and answers. Some sessions also provide refreshments.

2022 Citizens Leadership Academy

Tuesday and Thursday evenings

September 6-October 13, 2022

Citizens Leadership Academy will be returning in 2022. Scroll down applications. Both an online and print version of the application is available. 

Applications are due August 25. Open to adults age 18+ who live within Peoria County. 

2022 CLA topics:
(subject to change - final schedule to be handed out at first session) 

  • Peoria County Government and Courts Overview 
  • City of Peoria Overview
  • Peoria Police Department and Emergency Communications Center
  • Peoria City/County Health Department
  • Peoria Fire Department
  • Peoria County Coroner’s Office
  • Peoria County Sheriff’s Office
  • Peoria Public Works
  • Peoria County Animal Protection Services
  • Peoria County Election Commission

Tuesday, October 11 -  Graduation at Peoria City Council Meeting
Thursday, October 13 - Graduation at Peoria County Board Meeting

Citizens Leadership Academy is able to accept only a limited number of participants. All participants must be at least 18 years of age. Applicants will be notified when accepted.

Questions or concerns? Please email Gretchen Pearsall or call (309) 672-6918.