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Clear the Shelters event to highlight 200 pets in need of homes in Citrus County

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Citrus County Animal Services is pleased to be participating in WFLA-TV / News Channel 8 (“WFLA”) popular pet adoption drive Clear the Shelters. Launching in August and culminating with ‘Clear the Shelters’ day on Saturday, August 17. This is the station’s third year participating in the national Clear the Shelters initiative. Nationally, more than 250,000 pets have been adopted through the NBC/Telemundo stations’ Clear The Shelters campaign.

The Citrus County Clear the Shelter event will take place on August 17 with extended hours at the Shelter at 4030 S. Airport Rd., Inverness, starting at 8am with vendors, OMG Pretzels, and giveaways (for adopters and visitors). This event will highlight the over 200 pets at the Shelter waiting for adoption. During the event there will be tips and exhibitions from dog trainers and dog playgroup exhibitions. Adoption fees will be waived (Citrus County Residents will be required to pay $10 license fee). Come and support the Citrus County animal shelter while having a fun day out with friends and family! For more information about this local event please call the Citrus County Animal Shelter at: 352-746 -8400.                                        

Citrus County Animal Shelter was under quarantine for a month due to a virus outbreak, which meant fewer adoptions during the month of July. The shelter is now open and virus free, so it is the time to get all of our adoptable animals into their new homes so they can live the life they deserve.

Clear the Shelters is a national program that News Channel 8 participates in each year along with its local shelter partners. “WFLA is committed to finding forever homes for pets in need. NBC and Telemundo stations across the country will team up for the annual ‘Clear the Shelters’ animal adoption drive. All participating shelters will offer fee-free or reduced rate adoptions on Saturday, August 17, 2019.

Visit to access more information about the pet drive, including the full list of local participating animal shelters. To access information in Spanish, visit A pet “Adoption Tracker” – posted on – will record the total number of pets that are adopted across all participating markets. Follow on Twitter @ClearTheShelter. Use the hashtags #ClearTheShelters and #DesocuparLosAlbergues to follow the effort on social media. 

CR 491 Road Milling and Resurfacing

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

CR491 surface milling and resurfacing will begin Monday, August 5, 2019 and will be completed by the end of the workday, Friday, August 9, 2019.  Milling and resurfacing operations will be from just south of Laurel Street to the south edge of the outside eastbound lane of SR44.  Most of the pavement milling and resurfacing will occur on the northbound lanes of CR491.Traffic control devices (cones), and flaggers will be used at driveways and side streets to direct turning traffic as needed. Motorists are asked to use caution will in the construction area.

County Receives Award for its Budget

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has announced the Citrus County Management & Budget Office is receiving the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

In order to receive the budget award, the organization had to publish a budget document that meets nationally recognized criteria as a policy document, as a financial plan, as an operations guide, and as a communications device.

According the letter sent by GFOA, this achievement “reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of government budgeting.” Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories.

GFOA is a major professional association servicing the needs of more than 19,000 appointed and elected local, state, and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners.

Please visit  to view all county budget documents.

County Names New Assistant County Administrator

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

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County Names New Assistant County Administrator

Citrus County has named Steven Lachnicht, AICP, MPA as the new Assistant County Administrator. Lachnicht was unanimously confirmed by the County Commission on July 23rd and began his new position on Monday, July 29, 2019.  

Steve is a professional planner certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners with over 25 years of experience in comprehensive planning and land development.  Steve is also a Certified Public Manager with over 20 years of experience as a supervisor, manager and director. Steve emphasizes collaboration as the most effective method to achieve consensus in addressing challenging community issues.  In Alachua County, Steve led a large interdepartmental staff team that worked with the Commission and the community to implement major changes to Comprehensive Plan policies.

His education includes; a Master of Public Administration, Florida State University, a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies, Florida International University, and a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from Florida International University.  Previous experience includes; Planning Director for the City of Palatka, Growth Management Director for Alachua County, Interim Budget Director for Alachua County, Principal Planner for Alachua County, Senior Planner for Martin County, and an early management career in the hospitality industry.

Steve is an avid runner and bicyclist, and enjoys exploring the numerous trails throughout the County. He can be reached at the Citrus County Administration office, 352-527-5210.

BOCC meeting date change in August

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

BOCC meeting date change in August

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) August 27 meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, August 29, 2019 at the regular time of 1:00pm at the Citrus County Courthouse, 110 N. Apopka Ave. Inverness, Fl. 34450. The BOCC is rescheduling this public meeting from Tuesday to Thursday due to commissioner participation at the first meeting of three State Task Force groups regarding the Suncoast Expansion scheduled for all day on August 27, 2019. 

For more information on BOCC meeting dates, agendas and minutes please visit:


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