Civic Academy

Apply now to join the DeSoto Civic Academy and Junior Civic Academy! The Civic Academy is a series of 11 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.

Topics discussed:
  • City Manager's Office
  • City Elections
  • City Council, Boards and Commissions
  • Economic Development Corporation
  • Finance & Budget
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Library
  • Municipal Court
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Police Department
  • Fire Rescue & EMS
  • Public Health
  • Public Utilities
  • Purchasing Division
  • Regional Dispatch 911

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?
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 August 13th – October 22nd Thursday evenings, from 5:45 PM to 8:30 PM. 

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. 

Download the Civic Academy Application here

Junior Civic Academy
The Civic Academy is also open to High School Juniors and Seniors. Completion of this program offers benefits such as community service hour credit, internships in the municipal government and possible job opportunities after high school graduation. 

Download the JCA application here

Download the Parent Waiver here (required)


*Please note: reliable transportation is required for this program.

For more information, contact:
Assistant to the City Manager
Natalia Aumedes
211 E Pleasant Run Road
NAumedes@desototexas.gov 
972-230-9690