The Informational Meeting for Shasta County residents interested in being on the 2016-17 Shasta County Grand Jury is Wednesday the 23rd at 3pm at Redding City Hall.
The Grand Jury is a volunteer, citizen-based panel that represents the public in helping ensure transparency and high standards of conduct in our local governments, public agencies and officials, working under the auspices of the Shasta County Superior Court.
California is unique in that the framers of the State Constitution mandated that each county have a Grand Jury as a “watchdog,” looking at and reporting on the activities of all public officials, governments and public officials. In doing so the Grand Jury plays an extremely important role in keeping local government transparent, holding officials accountable, and ensuring that tax dollars are spent correctly.
The meeting will include a thorough presentation, as well a “Question and Answer” period featuring former Grand Jurors, a Superior Court Judge as well as County officials. The meeting is open to the public and applications will be available.
Any U.S. citizen 18 years or older who is a resident of Shasta County, with good character and literate in English, is eligible to serve. Applications are submitted to the Superior Court for review and then up to thirty potential jurors are selected. Nineteen names are picked at random to serve and the remaining applicants serve as alternates.
“Members of the Grand Jury do important work, so we are looking for people who can ask thoughtful questions, have good listening skills, and will help write effective reports,” said Melissa Fowler-Bradley, executive officer of the Shasta County Superior Court.
Former Grand Juror Ray Frisbie added, “The Shasta County Grand Jury is one of the most important and interesting volunteer opportunities you could ever hope for.” Another former Grand Juror, Marsha Caranci, said, “Not only did I make a difference, I met so many community leaders and learned so much about our community.”