Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Message to GJ: Get Tough
Today is a political landmark for Modoc County. The grand jury is meeting with our board of supervisors.
Of significance is the fact that three members of this board are responsible, according to the State Controller’s Office, of misappropriating an estimated $20 million from the county’s treasury.
We hope they don’t just talk about the weather.
What’s at stake? Besides our financial future, our reputation to the outside world is at stake, a reputation that can be improved but almost certainly can’t get any worse. What the board did in moving money from the treasury without authority to do so was illegal and as a result we are facing insolvency. You can call it bankruptcy.
For years the board of supervisors has snubbed every attempt by the grand jury to right their wrongs or indiscretions and those of their immediate administrators. All you have to do is read the latest grand jury report to learn that the board of supervisors has been in non-compliance in its response to the grand jury every year since 2003. Will today be any different?
The fact that the grand jury is now interviewing our supervisors is a positive move, but we may not know if it was a productive investigation until next summer when the grand jury’s report is released.
In the meantime, it’s our opinion that following today’s closed session with our supervisors the grand jury should determine if District Attorney Gary Woolverton should start investigative proceedings against at lease three members of the current board.
-- Ray A. March
Posted by BMarch at 10:26 AM