1995-1996 Santa Barbara County Grand Jury

April 3, 1996
Contact: Spencer Boise, Foreman
Phone (805) 568-2292



The 1995-96 Santa Barbara County Grand Jury released a report today highlighting an opportunity for the Board of Supervisors to improve county management. The report findings focus on improving the line of responsibility for tracking the effectiveness of ongoing programs in every county department.

The Grand Jury report states there is “no evidence of any official in county government accepting accountability for implementing performance audits of the county’s departments.” Such audits assess performance levels in order to improve accountability to the public, facilitate decision making or initiate corrective action.

Only three performance audits have been conducted by any of the county’s twenty departments in more than five years, even though the Board of Supervisors called for performance audits by all county departments in the Five Year Plan passed two years ago.

The Grand Jury report recommends that:

The Grand Jury is also recommending that next year’s Grand Jury review the status and results of self-audits in all departments, and particularly in the nine largest.

The full report is posted 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.