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Scathing Grand Jury Report Released About NCCFD

The Nevada County Grand Jury has released a scathing report about the operations of the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District. In its summary, it calls the Board of Directors dysfunctional, and wracked by discord, acrimony, backbiting, and mistrust among board members. The report also says the Board violated Open Meeting laws. County Grand Jury Foreman Keith Overbey…

Listen to Keith Overbey

Some of the recommendations in the 23-page report include that “all members of the Board should actively seek out and attend training regarding the roles and responsibilities of board members in special districts, the Board should work with the Fire Chief to develop a comprehensive policy and procedures manual consistent with existing federal, state, and local laws and regulations, and should actively seek the advice and expertise of legal counsel in all matters that may lead to potentially litigious issues.” Board Chair Warren Knox says there’s nothing in the report that he isn’t already familiar with…

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The Grand Jury looked at the district as far back as 2011, after receiving three citizen complaints in 2012.

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1 Comment

June 13, 2013

Lisa LaBarbera, Recall Grueneberg 2013 Proponent

Wow! I cannot believe the arrogance of Warren Knox in the audio piece. Even AFTER the grand jury report, it continues. "He did not feel they looked all the information to get a clear picture of the District today?"

It wasn't good enough that "The Jury interviewed 20 individuals including members of the staff of the NCCFD; the NCCFD Board; the Nevada County Professional Firefighters Union, International Firefighters Association, Local 3800 (Local 3800); the Nevada County Board of Supervisors; and the public. The Jury also reviewed related documents including Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes, material from the NCCFD website, NCCFD staff reports, NCCFD governing documents, e-mails, written documentation prepared by Board members, quotations of Board members in the media, and audio recordings of Board Meetings...The Jury’s investigation focused on the time period of November 2011 through the present?"

Knox's denial of his part as well as the larger part Grueneberg played in the "dysfunctional, wracked by discord, acrimony, back-biting, and mistrust among Board Members" is amazing. When you read this report, for the most part the GJ are talking about Greuenberg, Knox and one additional board member as well as Wyatt Howell, the Local 3800 Union President/NCCFD employee.

If Knox is serious about getting this District back on track, he needs to own up to what he, Grueneberg and the one additional board member did to the Chief of the District, the Staff and the taxpayers.

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