Sunday, June 13, 2010

A Matter of Respect - Humboldt County

Letters to the Editor
Posted: 06/13/2010 01:15:31 AM PDT

The Grand Jury Association of Humboldt County was discouraged to see the response from some members of the Board of Supervisors, following a report issued by the current Grand Jury. As you are aware, the Grand Jury does extensive investigations following complaints submitted by citizens of Humboldt County. The jury does not take this responsibility lightly, and each juror recognizes the impact a written report may have on a governmental agency. This report is the conclusion of the sitting Grand Jury after many hours of interviews, investigations, discussions, and research. Furthermore, the report was vetted by the county counsel and the presiding judge of the Superior Court.

While the Board of Supervisors may not agree with the findings, to imply the Grand Jury deliberately avoided certain information that didn't tell the story they didn't want to tell (Supervisor Lovelace) makes no sense. It also shows a lack of respect for the system.

The purpose of this letter is not to challenge or comment on the findings of the Grand Jury, but to remind the supervisors of the responsibilities charged to the Grand Jury. While you may not agree with the findings, it is important that you support this system. Both the Grand Jury and the Board of Supervisors have parts to play toward our common goal of better local government.

We are hopeful that in the future you will recognize the years of experience and education of each juror, and the hours of work put into these reports. We expect you to give credit to the professionalism and credibility of the jury. We further expect you to proffer the respect to the Grand Jury that you assume for the Board of Supervisors.

Suzi Fregeau, Chairwoman Grand Jury Association


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