We invite you to consider becoming a candidate for CGJA director or recommending another CGJA member as a candidate.  It is nominations time and contrary to a popular misconception, it is perfectly okay to recommend yourself.

Every year, we elect 6 of our 12-member board: 2 from each region for 2-year terms.  The board establishes management-related policies, makes decisions on major association issues, and generally oversees the association’s activities – carried out mainly through board committees.  The term of office for this election is November 2020 to 2022.

Being a director is a very rewarding experience.  You have a direct say in how we carry out CGJA’s mission to promote, preserve, and support the grand jury system through training, education, and outreach.  And you work with a group of wonderful, committed people from all over the state.

When considering candidacy, it is important to understand the requirements. A director (1) must be a voting CGJA member on July 31, 2020 and throughout the term, and (2) must reside in the region represented.  It is desirable to have had some experience with CGJA or its chapters (e.g., committee membership, chapter officer).  To learn more, please check Director Responsibilities.

To find out more, read the current meeting agenda and minutes of past board meetings.  These are available on the About CGJA page of our website: cgja.org/board-information.  If interested in running, attend a board meeting held via computer and telephone on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Linkages to the meeting are at the top of the current meeting agenda.


 Nominations close  May 31, 2020
 Candidate statement submitted  June 15, 2020
 Ballot submitted to Board  June 23, 2020
 Membership closes for eligibility to vote  July 31, 2020
 Voting begins  August 1, 2020
 Voting ends  August 31, 2020
 Ballots counted and reported to President and candidates  September 20, 2020
 Results announced at Annual Membership Meeting and in December Journal  October 26, 2020


The 2020 Candidate Statements can be found here:  North Region, Central Region, and South Region.

The CGJA Nominations-Elections Committee (NEC) oversees the nomination and election of directors. Its primary duty is to seek out the most competent CGJA members to serve as directors.

Committee members, who may be contacted for any questions regarding this election, are as follows:

 Co-Chair                             Tim Hafner                                                          Humboldt County
 Co-Chair                             Lou Panetta                                                        Monterey County

 North Region
 Director  Tim Hafner  Humboldt County
 Member  Ray Frisbee  Shasta County
 Central Region
 Director  Joann Landi  San Mateo County
 Member  Carolyn Stinemates  Calaveras County
 South Region
 Director  Lou Panetta  Monterey County
 Member  Birgit Sale  Orange County


Any questions about this election may be referred to nominations@cgja.org or by phone to Tim Hafner, NEC Co-Chair, at 707-441-8494 or Lou Panetta, NEC Co-Chair, at 415-793-4577.