The Trial Court Administrators Office recently recognized current and past Mecklenburg County jury commissioners with an award to thank them for their service.
Gail Logan Gibson, Sandra S. Roork and former jury commissioner Carlos Sanchez were honored with the award.
Jury commissioners are responsible for helping to develop a master jury list that is representative of the community at large. They also make sure that the way potential jurors are summoned is fair and random.
Gibson, of Shelby, graduated from Appalachian State Teachers College and obtained a business degree from Appalachian University. From 1974 to 1988 she was employed with the North Carolina Court System as the only secretary to Mecklenburg County district court judges.
In 1988 she became the jury supervisor for Mecklenburg County, where she served until her retirement in 1993. Mrs. Gibson has served as a jury commissioner since 1995. She will remove her name from consideration for future appointments at the end of her term on June 30, 2013.
Roork, a Mecklenburg County jury commissioner since 1999, graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelors degree in nursing. Later she graduated from Emory University where she obtained a masters degree in nursing.
She has served as a nurse, counselor and director of special services for Florence-Darlington Technical College, and owner of the Speakers Network, a company which established and managed a speakers bureau.
She will remove her name from consideration for future appointments at the end of her term on June 30, 2013.
Sanchez is director for statewide and government affairs for AT&T North Carolina in Mecklenburg County. He served as a jury commissioner from 2003 until the end of his term in June 2011.
Sanchez is on the Executive Committee of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts Mecklenburg Council, the Central Piedmont Community College Board of Trustees and founder of Charlotte Community Affairs Professionals.
Sanchez is also a member of the Board of Advisors at the Institute of Emerging Issues of NC State University. He is active with the Leadership Team Board at Collinswood Bilingual Language Academy and was appointed Jury Commissioner for the 26th Judicial District in Mecklenburg County in 2003.
Sanchez holds a bachelors of arts degree in International Relations and Political Science from Florida International University. He is a native of Bogotá, Colombia.
All 100 counties in North Carolina have a jury commission comprised of three members. One member is appointed by the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge, one member by the Clerk of Superior Court, and one member by the Board of County Commissioners.
The appointees are qualified voters of the county, and serve for terms of two years. They may be reappointed to successive terms.