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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion Concerning Whether a Deputy Sheriff May Serve as a County Board Supervisor


MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen today issued an opinion to Shawano County Corporation Counsel Tony A. Kordus in which Van Hollen concluded that the offices of active duty deputy sheriff and county board supervisor are incompatible, even if the deputy sheriff receives no compensation from the county. Van Hollen determined that a deputy sheriff is a “county officer” under section 59.10(4) of the Wisconsin Statutes, which provides that no county officer can be elected or appointed as a county supervisor. Van Hollen noted that incompatibility exists where the respective duties of two offices conflict, regardless of whether any compensation is paid.


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