The Grand Jury system is an integral and vital part of our Country’s form of justice and citizen oversight of governance from the federal to local level. Grand jurors are selected much the same way any other jury is formed. Their charge is to be unbiased, non-political and objective on any issue that is presented.
County Grand Juries issue a report to the court each year detailing their activities and findings. This report is public record. As a former grand juror, I can tell you they take their duties seriously and spend countless hours on research, interviews and conclusions.
This year’s Madera County Grand Jury report is no exception. Paramount to this report are the findings regarding allegations and accusations made months ago and recently reported in the media. The Grand Jury’s report is pretty conclusive, in that regard.
In the past, the Board of Supervisors, the CAO, department heads (both elected and appointed) presented a written and thoughtful response to the Grand Jury report. As of now, all we have are quotes from the respondents some 10 days after issue of the report.
Citizens, taxpayers, county staff and members of the Grand Jury deserve better. Anything less would trivialize the whole process.