The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors is seeking residents to volunteer on its Racial Justice Oversight Body (RJOB) and help contribute toward the county's efforts to ensure a more ethical justice system.
Formed in 2016 in an effort to reduce racial disparities in the justice system, the RJOB is in need of a resident to serve as a community volunteer who has prior personal criminal or juvenile justice system experience.
According to county officials, the 18-member RJOB is a multi-agency advisory body that seeks to achieve a reduction in racial disparities by overseeing the implementation of recommendations made by the Racial Justice Task Force and approved by the county board.
Typically representatives will serve on RJOB for two-year terms, however this most recent vacancy is a mid-term replacement -- the previous representative was unable to finish their full term -- that is scheduled to end on Dec. 31, 2020.
It is also worth noting that serving as an RJOB community volunteer is a purely voluntary position and representatives serve without compensation, stipends, or reimbursement of expenses.
Applicants will be interviewed by the Board of Supervisors’ Public Protection Committee, which is composed of District 2 Supervisor Candace Andersen and District 5 Supervisor Federal Glover. The nomination for the RJOB appointment will then be submitted to the full Board of Supervisors for action.
Interviews are scheduled to be conducted on July 27, with the final candidate being selected a week later on Aug. 4.
Application forms are due no later than 5 p.m. on July 21 and can be obtained from the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors by calling 335-1900 or by visiting the County webpage at www.contracosta.ca.gov/3418/. Completed applications can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, Room 106, County Administration Building, 651 Pine Street, Martinez, CA 94553.