Help Improve Local Government: Nominations for Mendocino County Civil Grand Jury Open Until May 27 • The Mendocino Voice | Mendocino County, CAThe Mendocino Voice

MENDOCINO Co., 05/18/22 – Do you have any questions or concerns about what local agencies or officials are doing? The Mendocino County Civil Grand Jury plays an important watchdog role in local government: Each year, 19 residents work together to “investigate the operations of county, city, and district governments…and respond to complaints from citizens “. The jury then issues reports to which agencies and local officials are required to respond, effectively serving as an independent watchdog group.

In the past, the Grand Jury has investigated everything from the pandemic’s impact on local students, the state of emergency communications infrastructure, the lack of affordable housing in Mendocino County, and the role of the CEO. County. You can read all of our coverage of recent reports here, as well as explore more information about the history of grand juries and what accountability entails. The county’s website also includes apps, as well as previous reports.

To apply for this position, residents must be at least 18 years old, be US citizens and have resided in the county for at least one year, and not campaign or serve in any public office, board or commission. Jury members choose the issues or agencies they wish to investigate, and there is an allowance to compensate participants for meeting time and mileage. Full details on requirements, compensation and how to apply are included below.

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Here is the announcement from the department:


“All qualified citizens interested in serving on the 2022/2023 Mendocino County Civil Grand Jury are invited to submit their applications to the Superior Court for consideration,” announced the Honorable Jeanine B. Nadel, Presiding Judge of the Civil Grand Jury. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, May 27, 2022. The 2022/2023 Grand Jury will be sworn in at the end of June 2022.

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Civilian grand jury service is a great opportunity to learn about the inner workings of government while providing valuable service to the community. The 19 members of the Civilian Grand Jury serve for one year and are empowered to investigate the operations of county, city, and district governments; provide civilian oversight of local government departments and agencies; and respond to citizen complaints. The Civil Grand Jury establishes its own agenda and schedule of meetings. Much of the work is done in small committees, allowing considerable flexibility in work schedule and meeting locations.

To attract more residents from geographically remote areas of Mendocino County, the civil grand jury allows interested members of the public to participate in a safe environment. The Civilian Grand Jury has implemented remote meeting protocols to maximize attendance while reducing travel demand.

Grand jurors receive compensation of $25 per full panel meeting, $10 per committee meeting and committee attendance at public meetings. Mileage is reimbursed at the current Mendocino County rate. There is free parking on site. Before being nominated, each qualified candidate is interviewed by a judge of the Superior Court. Grand Jury training will be provided in early July 2022 either remotely or at County offices.

To serve as a civil grand juror, the following conditions must be met:

• At least 18 years old

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• Citizen of the United States

• Resident of Mendocino County for at least one year

• Sufficient command of written and spoken English

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• Not currently serving on any other government board or commission during term • Not currently holding any public office

• Is not personally active in any campaign of a candidate for elected office

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• Computer skills highly desirable

Applications and related information are available on the Internet at: Grand Jury (ca.gov). The application can also be obtained in person at Superior Court, 100 North State Street, Rm. 303, Ukiah or by calling the Grand Jury at (707) 463-4320.