You’ve probably heard of the Grand Jury, but did you ever consider becoming an actual Grand Juror? Yes, Ventura County has its very own and is currently looking for people who would like to serve on it. The deadline for applications has been extended to April 24. You can get all the specifics at www.ventura.org/grand-jury.
The Grand Jury is a “civil investigatory panel of 19 citizens created to serve as a voice of the people and a conscience of the community. Jurors are not appointed by politicians; they are volunteers who act as independent eyes and ears for Ventura County residents.” Members have government oversight and act as county watchdogs. If necessary they can make accusations due to misconduct of government bodies. A jury might also work on special reports and make recommendations to the county.
To be eligible for the Grand Jury you must be a citizen at least 18 years old and a resident of the county for at least one year. Nowadays you also need access to a computer. You must have flexible hours; you might work 3-5 days per week or 15-35 hours. Jurors are paid $25 and mileage for every day worked.
If you think you might be interested, consider this: here is one more place for our Libertarian message to be heard. Your voice on the panel could bring a different perspective. And it is inevitable that you would gain insight into how certain government departments work. It’s not only quality community service, but this experience could also serve as valuable qualifying background should you seek other county positions in the future. Think about it.