Sunday, December 16, 2018
[San Bernardino County] San Bernardino County Civil Grand Jury accepting applications
Blog note: we normally do not post articles that solicit grand juror applications. We post them when they add something special. This one does be referencing previous grand jury actions to suggest how grand juries are bringing about changes.
San Bernardino County residents interested in investigating local government agencies and reports of misconduct have until Feb. 28 to submit applications for a spot on the county’s civil grand jury.
The 19-member grand jury serves as an independent investigative body, tasked with looking into all aspects of the county, including cities and special districts, and potentially hearing information on certain criminal investigations, according to a news release.
The grand jury releases its annual report every July 1.
In the past, the grand jury has investigated policies and procedures in the sheriff’s department, including its Aviation Division, supervisor compensation and local school districts.
In 2008, the grand jury released a scathing report following an investigation into the Assessor’s Office while it was under the leadership of former Assessor Bill Postmus. The report triggered a criminal investigation by the District Attorney’s Office.
In November, Postmus began serving a three year jail sentence for convictions in the Assessor’s and Colonies corruption cases.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old, a United States citizen and a county resident for at least one year.
Elected officials are not eligible.
Applicants selected to be grand jurors will serve from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.
Grand jurors work an average of three to five full working days per week, at $60 per day with mileage.
They meet in the city of San Bernardino.
To apply online visit www.sbcounty.gov/grandjury. Applicants can also be submitted in person by downloading the application from the grand jury’s website, sent by mail or picked up in person at 172 W. Third St., second floor, in San Bernardino.
December 10, 2018
Redlands Daily Facts (article also appeared in the San Bernardino County Sun and other publications)
By Sandra Emerson, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin