, also known as the Eliminate County Sheriffs Act
appeared on the November 7, 2000 ballot
, where it was approved
It adds a new constitutional amendment
to the state's constitution, eliminating county sheriffs as constitutional officers.
| Eliminate County Sheriffs|
| Yes|| 585,155|| 65.6%|
Text of measure
The county sheriffs and their deputies and special deputies are responsible for service of process (formal delivery of legal papers such as a summons, complaint, or subpoena), transporting prisoners to courthouses, custody of prisoners at courthouses, and courthouse security.
If this constitutional amendment is approved by the voters, acts passed by the General Assembly and signed by the governor this year will transfer responsibility for these functions on December 1, 2000. Under the acts (PA 00-99 and PA 00-210), responsibility for (1) transporting prisoners to courthouses, custody of prisoners at courthouses, and courthouse security is transferred to the Judicial Department and (2) service of process functions are given to state marshals, a new position created by the act. Current deputies will continue to serve legal papers as state marshals under the supervision of the newly created State Marshal Commission and special deputies will continue to perform courthouse security and prisoner transportation and custody at courthouses as Judicial Department employees.
Specifically, the measure eliminated these provisions:
- requiring election of sheriffs in each county every four years for four-year terms;
- requiring sheriffs to submit a bond to the treasurer to ensure the faithful discharge of their duties;
- allowing the General Assembly to remove a sheriff from office;
- allowing the governor to fill a vacancy in the office of sheriff caused by a death, resignation, or removal until the General Assembly fills the vacancy; and
- allowing sheriffs to deliver notices for a special legislative session on redistricting in certain circumstances.