The California Grand Jury Association has given its 2013 Robert Geiss Excellence in Reporting Award to the 2010-11 San Luis Obispo County Grand Jury, for its report on the South County Sanitation District. The Geiss award recognizes grand jury reports that have “created positive changes in their communities by increasing awareness of the California grand jury system.”
The jury was recognized because of its work reporting on then-South County Sanitation District Director John Wallace’s alleged conflict of interest and the failure of the oversight board at the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District to spot the conflict.
After the report was made public in 2011, it led to significant changes in the board and Wallace’s eventual resignation.
Six members of the jury were present to receive the award Monday at the association’s annual meeting.
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The full grand jury report can be found at http://slocourts.net/grand_jury/reports/2010_2011 .