I write to encourage the residents of Fresno County to apply for the 2015-2016 County Grand Jury. The application process is underway and will end March 2. As a former grand jury member and foreman and now interim president of the Fresno Chapter of the California Grand Jurors’ Association, I can attest that grand jury service is a tremendously rewarding experience providing exceptional benefits not usually available to ordinary citizens.
Grand jurors have very broad oversight powers to investigate and comment upon the activities of government within the county. This includes cities, special districts, redevelopment agencies and other organizations in the county that, collectively, constitute our local government.
Grand jurors decide what, when and how to investigate, and whether to comment by report on their investigation. Thus, the first unique benefit of service is that jurors will have a meaningful, independent say in local government.
Grand juries are independent bodies and work for and report only to the citizens of the County of Fresno. For applications to serve, please go to www.fresno.courts.ca.gov/jury/grand_jury/.
Richard G Allen