The Nevada County Civil Grand Jury on Tuesday released a report “The Value of Transparency in the Nevada County Board of Supervisors” outlining both the expectations of transparency from the Nevada County community and the board members’ commitment to it.
“Annually, the Supervisors adopt the Order and Decorum which defines their roles and how business should be conducted by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors and its appointed committees,” the report states.
Among the grand jury’s findings, “the Supervisors are ethical people who conduct their business with good intent;” “While a lack of public recusal by a Supervisor on an issue pending before the Board may be legal in the strict sense of law, it may give the public the perception of unethical behavior;” and “the Order and Decorum lacks sufficient guidance to Supervisors in assisting them in their personal decision making on questions of recusal.”
Among recommendations made by the grand jury are for supervisors to “seek additional training and information to understand the difference between legal requirements and ethical considerations;” develop and implement guidelines to assist the Nevada County Board of Supervisors in its decisions as to whether recusal is appropriate on a particular issue;” and “increase personal awareness of the need for public transparency between the Supervisors and parties with business before the Nevada County Board of Supervisors.”
April 26, 2016
The Union of Grass Valley
By Alan Riquelmy