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Wanted: Nevada County grand jurors

Who are Nevada County grand jurors? They are a cross-section of neighbors from all walks of life, occupations and levels of education. They are U.S. Citizens, 18 or over, not holding a public elected office, who have lived in Nevada County at least one year. They actively care about the community.

Grand juries are the watchdogs of the county’s political and financial processes. All 58 counties in California are required to have one. They are mandated to respond to citizen complaints and initiate inquiries and investigations into any public agencies, special districts, or other organizations that receive Nevada County’s tax monies.

Their primary directive is confidentiality. Citizen complaints, their research, who they talk to, and the documents they review are kept secret. The 2017-2018 Nevada County Grand Jury originated dozens of inquiries and investigations and only issued five reports to the public. But behind the scenes the interviews and the questions asked resulted in significant changes to be made in public services and processes throughout Nevada County.

The reports they do issue are intended as:

1. Recognition of the professionalism, dedication, and hard work of our public agencies, employees and related nonprofit organizations.

2. Recommendations for possible improvements.

3. Statements of concern regarding existing or potential problems.

The 19 Nevada County Grand Jurors serve a term of a year, from July 1 through June 30. During that year they meet community leaders, learn how Nevada County is governed and managed, and work to make Nevada County a better place to live and raise families. Those interested in becoming a member of the grand jury can email grandjury@nccourt.net or call 530-265-1730.

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