1995-1996 Santa Barbara County Grand Jury


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 10, 1996
Contact: Spencer Boise, Foreman
Phone (805) 568-2292

 

GRAND JURY FINDS FAULTS IN CONSOLIDATED DEPARTMENT

The 1995-96 Santa Barbara County Grand Jury released a report today pointing to numerous shortcomings in the management of the county’s Clerk-Recorder-Assessor Department. The Clerk-Recorder Department was consolidated with the Assessor office in 1993. The Grand Jury investigation focused primarily on the Appraisal Divisions, and did not include the Elections Division. As part of the investigation, the Grand Jury interviewed more than 40 percent of the Appraisal Divisions’ personnel. The Grand Jury visited county Clerk-Recorder-Assessor offices in Santa Barbara, Lompoc and Santa Maria. Among the Grand Jury findings:

The Grand Jury report recommended division managers meet with their employees on a regular schedule to help correct the negative perception that employees have of their current management. The report also recommended that the Board of Supervisors instruct the county Personnel Director to closely monitor promotion procedures and personnel actions taken by the Clerk-Recorder-Assessor Department for compliance with Civil Service Rules.

The report said Supervisors should reconsider the consolidation if the recommended 1996-97 follow-up Grand Jury report is still not favorable.

The full report is posted at on the Grand Jury’s World Wide Web page. Copies of the report are also available at the Superior Court Jury Services office at 1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, or call 568-3139.

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