Contra Costa Seeks Applicants for Racial Justice Oversight Body Community Representative Seat 4

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Martinez, CA – The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors is seeking applicants who are interested in serving on its 18-member Racial Justice Oversight Body (RJOB).  The Racial Justice Oversight Body has a current vacancy for a Community Representative who has prior personal criminal or juvenile justice system involvement.

The RJOB is a multi-agency advisory body established by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors to oversee the implementation of the recommendations made by the Racial Justice Task Force and accepted by the Board of Supervisors to reduce racial disparities in the justice system. The RJOB also reviews local criminal and juvenile justice data to identify and report on racial disparities.

The Racial Justice Oversight Body is composed of the following 18 members:

  • Four (4) Ex‐Officio Members:
    1. The Sheriff or his designee;
    2. The Chief Probation Officer or her designee;
    3. The Public Defender or her designee;
    4. The District Attorney or her designee;
  • Five (5) Other Appointed Members:
    1. A representative from the Superior Court, as a non-voting member;
    2. A representative from a local law enforcement agency, nominated by the Contra Costa County Police Chiefs’ Association;
    3. A representative from the Contra Costa County Office of Education;
    4. A representative from a Local School District;
    5. A representative from Contra Costa County Health Services Department;
  • Nine (9) community-based representatives selected and appointed by the Board of Supervisors:
  • Community Representative Seats 1 & 2: two (2) members of the Contra Costa Racial Justice Coalition;
  • Community Representative Seats 3 & 4: two (2) individuals with prior personal criminal or juvenile justice system involvement;
  1. Community Representative Seat 5: one (1) representative from a community-based organization that works with justice-involved youth
    • Community Representatives Seat 6 &7: two (2) representatives from community-based organizations that work with justice-involved populations, any age;
  2. Community Representative Seat 8: one (1) representative from a faith-based organization;
  3. Community Representative Seat 9: one (1) representative that is either a school age young person, or from a community based organization who provides services to school age youth.

The Board of Supervisors is seeking applications for one (1) of the seats identified above:

  • Community Representative Seat 4: one (1) individual with prior personal criminal or juvenile justice system involvement.

Appointments to the Racial Justice Oversight Body are for a term of two years. The appointment to Seat 4 is a mid-term appointment ending December 31, 2020. The full RJOB meets on a quarterly basis with its three subcommittees meeting on a monthly basis. Members serve without compensation, stipends, or reimbursement of expenses. The community-based representatives should reflect the geographic, ethnic, and racial diversity of the County.

Applicants will be interviewed by the Board of Supervisors’ Public Protection Committee:  Supervisors Candace Andersen, District II, and Federal Glover, District V. The nomination for the Racial Justice Oversight Body appointment will then be submitted to the full Board of Supervisors for action.

Below is a timeline of the recruitment process for the one (1) vacancy:

  • July 21, 2020:              Final Day of the Application Period, due by 5:00 p.m.
  • July 27, 2020:              Public Protection Committee Meeting: Interviews
  • August 4, 2020:           Board of Supervisors Appointment

Application forms can be obtained from the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors by calling (925) 335-1900 or by visiting the County webpage at http://www.contracosta.ca.gov/3418/. Completed applications should be emailed to [email protected].

Applications can also be mailed to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, Room 106, County Administration Building, 651 Pine Street, Martinez, CA 94553.

12 COMMENTS

  1. Oh, this will go over well. Nine members, nothing will get done except arguing back and forth. Why don’t you make it an even dozen. I have never seen a functional 9 member board really accomplish anything productive. Interesting to see how this plays out.

    • lol, you’re right. According to the article, this “board” is supposed to oversee implementation of policies recommended by ANOTHER group created by the Board of Supervisors whose recommendations the Board accepted. In other words, the Board of Supervisors is ducking and “outsourcing” it’s responsibilities to “special groups” it creates. Sounds like it’s time to make some electoral changes.

  2. “Previous personal system involvement” is doublespeak for persons with a criminal record. Whether its a good idea or not, can’t our California left wing ever call something what it is in plain English?

  3. This is bordering on total INSANITY! Stop forcing people to “conform” to this idiotic system! “Racial justice” my ass!

  4. Racial Justice Oversight Body! OMG! So, guess who is on board on that one, why the do-nothing FEDERAL GLOVER himself .. Old Feddie has never been useful! At one time, we thought we finally got rid of him, but he recovered. Too bad!

  5. Ahhhhh, a Racial Justice Oversight Committee! These dumb shits don’t realize that if you keep pushing people to accept something which is controversial, people tend to PUSH BACK. See where the Civil Rights Act of 1965 got you? See much difference? Things got a lot worse! People don’t like to have things shoved down their throats. They tend to spit it back!

  6. You’ve have got to be kidding me. Is this new or been around? What kind of authority does this group hold? Whom are they accounted for and what power are they given? Oh there not elected so they have no accountability to the voters.

    • The way I read it, it’s the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors (Stupidvisors) – an elected group – has com up with this silly-assed Racial Justice Oversight Body — probably consisting of high-school dropouts who need one member to fill the 4th chair (the Community Representative) who probably doesn’t know his or her ass from a hole in the ground. The want that person to be A FELON! Isn’t that just terrific?

      If old Fed Glover has anything to with the choice, then GOD HELP US! He is the one who was pushing that bitch to be voted in as the County’s DA.

  7. I’ve never put much faith in any group consisting of “community” members. Most are uneducated dolts bringing in their crazy agendas.

  8. Speaking of racial equality! Where does Oprah live? How about little Stephy Curry? LeBron? ALL live in 100% WHITE neighborhoods! They sue come out blabbing about how oppressed blacks are!

  9. Blacks should get on their knees and thank their lucky stars that they are living in this country. They should try living in other countries and see how they are treated! I have lived abroad for a long time and observed it and it wasn’t pretty. Some moved there to get away from Good Ole USA, only to see what a big mistake they made. Many came back.

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