Butte County Calif.—Butte County is required by law to impanel a grand jury.
The grand jury needs 19, and they serve a term of a year.
The grand jury has a mandate to investigate and report on criminal and civil matters within the county.
The civil investigation portion requires the majority of time.
The civil responsibilities of the grand jury include the examination off all aspects of county government, including cities and special districts, to ensure the county is being governed honestly and efficiently.
This includes county monies being handled appropriately.
The grand jury is also mandated by law to inquire about the conditions and management of public jails.
The grand jury may conduct investigations into public agencies.
This could include examining books and records of agencies.
Any private citizen, county official, or county employee can present a written complaint to the grand jury for investigation.
The grand jury may select the government affairs it wishes to investigate.
The grand jury released their findings for Butte County in a recent report.
The title of the document is, Oroville: City in Turmoil.
The report explains how higher costs of doing business have continued to outpace the modest increases in its income.
The city has made drastic staffing cuts over the past five years making the city’s crew so small that several positions have additional duties that were assigned to them when other positions were vacated.
In the past year city staff has accepted a 10% cut in their pay and or benefits.
The grand jury believes that these actions have had a severe and negative impact on staff morale as well as on the ability to provide services to the community.
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