Civic Academy

Apply now to join the DeSoto Civic Academy! The Civic Academy is a series of 8 educational sessions designed to teach DeSoto Citizens about the inner workings of their local government.  Participants will learn about DeSoto’s history, tour City facilities, get a behind-the scenes look at each department and the services offered, and experience first-hand the equipment used to provide these services. The Civic Academy also affords the opportunity to meet department heads one- on-one.

The 2022 Civic Academy Application is now OPEN!
Please click on the link below and access the online application, or stop by the Action Center and complete a paper application.

Registration Closes August 12, 2022!
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Topics of Discussion

Administration Office Community Public Safety Council
City Manager's Office
Human Resources
Information Technology
Finance & Budget
Purchasing Division
Communications & Marketing
Library
Parks & Recreation
Public Health & Utilities
CDBG Programs
Police Department
Fire Rescue & EMS
Regional Dispatch 911
Municipal Court
City Elections
City Council
Boards & Commissions
Economic Development Corporation

FAQ's

Who is eligible to participate?
Any adult DeSoto resident willing to commit the time necessary to complete this informative, interesting, and intense program.

What is the maximum number of participants?
The Civic Academy will be available to the first 25 participants who submit their completed application. 

What is the cost?
FREE! There is no charge for the classes, supplies, and dinner will be provided. 

How much time will I need to commit?
The Civic Academy will be held from September 1, 2022 – October 27, 2022 Thursday evenings, from 5:45 PM to 8:30 PM. 

There will be a graduation ceremony held on the first Council Meeting night following the last class. The meeting begins at 7:00pm.


For more information about DeSoto's Civic Academy please contact:

  • Dr. Esther Williams, Assistant to the City Manager
  • (972) 230-9690
  • EWilliams@DeSotoTexas.gov