San Diego County Grand Jury Members


Name Dist. Location Occupation
Bivens, Leslie 5 Oceanside Retired E-learning developer/Instructional designer
Burnett, Harry
1 Chula Vista Retired Chemist
Converse-Rath, Cheryl
2 San Diego
Retired Educator
Dagostino, James
5 Carlsbad Retired Physical Therapist
Fieldman, Susan
5 Carlsbad Retired Registered Nurse
Flynn, Melanie
3 San Diego
Retired Hospitality, Educator
Granger, Charles
4 San Diego
Retired Psychologist
Grossman, Jim
4 San Diego
Retired Attorney at Law
Hilleary, Gwenmarie
3 San Diego
Retired Healthcare Administrator
Horka-Ruiz, Juli
2 Poway Attorney at Law
Keating, Terry
4 San Diego
Retired Employer Risk Management
Larkin, Patricia
1 Chula Vista Retired Educational Administrator
Lopez-Southwick, Maria
2 Santee Retired
Mendelson, Jim
5 Fallbrook Retired Deputy DA, Retired U.S.M.C. Fighter Pilot
Roberts, Cheryl
2 La Mesa Retired Educator Elementary Education
Ruenger, Lynn
1 Chula Vista Retired Marketing Communications
Van Schoik, D. Rick
3 Cardiff Retired Researcher
Zornado, Robert 5 Oceanside Retired Chief City Clerk
Zuffoletto, James
1 Bonita Retired Attorney at Law, Retired Law Enforcement


Foreperson: Jim Mendelson

Jim Mendelson has been selected as the foreperson of the San Diego County Grand Jury, which started its year of service on July 1, 2021.

With his new role on the Grand Jury, Mendelson builds upon a lifetime of service that includes careers as a U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilot, as an Orange County Deputy District Attorney, and, most recently, a just-completed tour as President of the Rotary Club of Fallbrook.

Together with nine other men and nine women, he represents the people of San Diego County in a watchdog role investigating governmental agencies and public entities within the county. This includes investigating citizen complaints (which can be filed using forms available for download from as well as selecting, reviewing and evaluating matters of civil concern.

Mendelson says that the Grand Jury’s goal this year is to select key areas to investigate with an eye toward being able to come up with recommendations, to be included in a report released to the public, which will result in the entity concerned adopting those recommendations and thereby serving our County by effecting change for the better.

Mendelson points out that this year’s Grand Jury’s work is especially important because the work of the 2019-2020 Grand Jury was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. With meetings limited due to public health orders, investigations that were on the previous year’s agenda were not able to be completed.

Having just completed training and getting familiar with each other and how to accomplish the Grand Jury’s mission, Mendelson reports that by all indications this year’s Grand Jury will be a most successful one.