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Lake County Grand Jury looks to fill remaining openings
July 28, 2014
Lake County News
LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – The Lake County Grand Jury still has openings for the 2014-15 fiscal year and is seeking community members to fill them.
The 19-person grand jury – which investigates and reports upon the affairs of local government – is selected from the different supervisorial districts in proportion to the population of each district.
The term of service runs through June 30, 2015.
To qualify, candidates must be at least 18 years old, a US citizen residing in Lake County for at least one year prior to selection, not currently holding any elected office and free from any felony convictions.
Grand jurors are reimbursed for mileage and receive a small per diem.
Those selected will need to be thoughtful, open-minded, hard-working and willing to devote the time required, which is between 10 and 20 hours of work per week attending committee and general meetings, responding to citizens’ complaints, performing research, investigating the operations of governmental agencies, and allegations of wrongdoing by public officials or employees.
The Lake County Grand Jury has civil investigative powers and provides a vital government oversight function.
In recent years, grand jury investigations have resulted in more efficient government operations in many county departments and stand-alone districts by shining a light on practices that needed improvement.
Personal interviews will be scheduled prior to final selection.
You can learn more about the grand jury at http://www.co.lake.ca.us/Government/Boards/Grand_Jury.htm .
Applications can be acquired at http://www.lake.courts.ca.gov/files/GrandJuryApplication.pdf ; at the Lake County Superior Court Clerk’s Office, located at 255 N. Forbes, Fourth Floor, in Lakeport, or at 7000 A South Center Drive in Clearlake; or by sending a letter with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Grand Jury Coordinator, 255 N. Forbes, Fourth Floor, Lakeport, CA 95453. Further information may be obtained by calling the Grand Jury coordinator at 707-263-2374, Extension 2282.