Nineteen citizens representing all citizens of Contra Costa County form a judicial branch of government known as the Contra Costa County Grand Jury. Prior to their appointment for fiscal year 2009-2010, their applications were screened and they were interviewed by Superior Court judges.
This civil grand jury is an investigative body that detects and corrects flaws in government. Its primary function is to examine all aspects of county and city government, including special districts and joint powers agencies, to see that monies are handled judiciously and that all accounts are properly audited. The grand jury seeks to assure honest, efficient government in the best interest of the people.
The grand jury also serves as an ombudsman for the citizens of the county by investigating complaints. To insure public input, all referrals are handled confidentially and all jurors are sworn to secrecy. Anyone may communicate with the grand jury by mailing a letter to: Contra Costa County Grand Jury, 649 Main St., Martinez, CA 94553.
An effort is made to represent each of the county’s five supervisorial districts in this process. The members serving this year are:
Sharon Brandford – Kensington; Evelyn Maria Creer – Richmond; James Greer – Richmond; and William Olivito – El Cerrito
William Herrick – Walnut Creek; Elizabeth Jung – Lafayette; Donald Pallotta – Martinez; and Lynn Snyder – Martinez
Martin Bennett – Danville; Linda Bray – Brentwood; Linda Chew – Alamo; Eloise Helwig – Danville; Jerry Mulcahy – Diablo; Mary Lou Oliver – San Ramon; and John R. Olson – Brentwood
Kevin Coughlan – Concord; and Ronald Tervelt – Clayton
Farrell Holderman – Pittsburg; and Kathleen McLane – Bethel Island