Their day began in the County's Commission Chambers where the class heard a presentation by Tax Collector, John Drew, who discussed some of his local and state responsibilities related to collection of property taxes and registering of motor vehicles. Clerk of Courts, John Crawford, then provided the class with an overview of the Declaration of Independence and how it signifies the birth of a nation and America's intent to create its own government. Property Appraiser, Michael Hickox, discussed his role in the fair appraisal of properties, provided a mapping demonstration, and led the class through a tour of his office where they met some of the staff members. The class returned to the Commission Chambers and were greeted by State Representative Cord Byrd and Senator Aaron Bean where they received information on their roles in the Florida Legislature. Their final activity in the Commission Chambers was a mock County Commission Meeting led by Commissioner Taylor. Students acted as Commissioners, heard concerns from their peers, and voted on important issues.
For the final half of the day, the class visited the Robert M. Foster Justice Center where Judge Foster discussed the Judicial Branch and gave the kids a tour of his Courtroom. Their last stop was at the Sheriff's Administration Building where they met Sheriff Leeper to discuss law enforcement in the community, met K9's and toured sheriff vehicles.
All in all, it was a very informative and fun day for those in attendance. The Elected Officials who participated stated that the children were very eager to learn and they truly enjoyed spending time with our future leaders.
County Manager's Office