Dutchess County , NY
 
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The Sheriff shall be the chief peace officer of the County and the keeper of the County Jail and shall perform all acts required by law or regulations of a competent authority. The Sheriff shall keep, or cause to be kept, such books and records for his/her office and for the County Jail and shall make such reports and returns as are or may be hereafter required by law or by direction of a competent authority.
(a) 
During the absence or inability of the Sheriff to act, or when a vacancy shall occur in the office of the Sheriff, the Acting Sheriff shall, in all things, execute the duties of the Office of Sheriff until a new Sheriff is elected or appointed, under the provisions of the Charter, and has qualified.
(b) 
Within the limits of the appropriations therefor, the Sheriff may appoint as many regular Deputy Sheriffs as he/she may deem proper. The Sheriff may also appoint keepers, guards and employees as may be authorized by the County Legislature. Such appointments shall be made, and such appointees shall serve, in accordance with such provisions, conditions, and requirements as may lawfully be prescribed by the County Legislature by local law. Any person may also be deputized by the Sheriff by written instrument to do particular acts.
[Amended 4-12-1976 by L.L. No. 6-1976]
(c) 
Each appointment by the Sheriff of persons to his/her staff shall be in a writing filed and recorded in the office of the County Clerk and reported to the Commissioner of Human Resources. Before the appointment by the Sheriff of any person, however, other than a person deputized to do particular acts, the Sheriff shall require such person to, and such person shall, submit to the Sheriff fingerprints of the two hands of such person, and it shall thereupon be the duty of the Sheriff to compare, or cause to be compared, such fingerprints with fingerprints filed with the Division of Criminal Justice Services, or other appropriate state agency.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
(d) 
Within the limits of the appropriation, the Sheriff may employ such number of part-time Deputies as he/she may deem necessary, who shall be paid a salary or on a per-diem basis as the County Legislature may determine. Such appointments shall be made and such appointees shall serve in accordance with such provisions, conditions, and requirements as may lawfully be prescribed by the County Legislature by local law. Each appointment by the Sheriff of a part-time Deputy shall be in a writing filed and recorded in the office of the County Clerk and reported to the Commissioner of Human Resources. A duly appointed part-time Deputy Sheriff shall perform only those duties and powers authorized by the Sheriff. Whenever deemed necessary, the Sheriff may deputize persons to serve civil process and execute civil mandates.
[Amended 4-12-1976 by L.L. No. 6-1976[2]]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
(e) 
The Sheriff shall also appoint and employ, in a manner consistent with such provisions, conditions, and requirements as the County Legislature may lawfully prescribe, by local law, a matron of the jail, who shall have sole charge of the female prisoners of that portion of the jail in which female prisoners are detained, subject to the direction of the Sheriff or the keeper of the jail. Such matron shall have the custody of the keys of the section, department or room of the jail in which any female is detained. The keeper or other male employee or employees shall not have access to this section, department, or room in which any female is detained, except in the company of such matron. A matron shall at all times be in attendance when females are confined in the jail.
[Amended 4-12-1976 by L.L. No. 6-1976]
(f) 
The Sheriff may in his/her discretion deputize the peace officers of the cities, the towns, villages and special districts, for the purpose of authorizing an arrest without a warrant outside the territorial limits of such city, town, village or special district, when such crime or infraction was committed within such territorial limits in the presence of such peace officer. Such peace officer shall not, however, be deemed an officer, agent, servant or employee of the County.
(g) 
For the protection of human life and property during an emergency, the Sheriff may deputize, orally or in writing, such number of additional special deputies as he/she deems necessary. If he/she is unable to continue the services of such special deputies without compensation, he/she may pay the compensation of any such special deputies in such amount as the County Legislature may determine for each day any such special deputy is actually engaged in assisting him/her in the performance of his/her duties, or in assisting any other Sheriff in New York State who deputized him/her. If the County Legislature shall fail to fix the compensation of such special deputies, the Sheriff may, subject to the approval of the County Executive, fix such compensation. The compensation of any special deputy so appointed shall be a County charge.
The County Legislature shall have power to provide a fund for the payment in advance of audit of properly itemized and verified bills for the expenses of the Sheriff lawfully and necessarily incurred in the transportation of prisoners, and the County Executive may authorize the Commissioner of Finance to apply said fund in payment of such bills on the approval of the Sheriff and endorsed thereon. The Sheriff and any claimant receiving payment as aforesaid shall be jointly and severally liable for any item or items contained in a bill so paid in advance of audit which shall be disallowed upon final audit, to be recovered in an action brought by the County Attorney in the name of the County.
The salary of the Sheriff shall be fixed by the County Legislature and shall be in lieu of all fees or other compensation. All fees which he/she shall charge and collect by virtue of law from any person in civil matters or otherwise shall belong to the County and such Sheriff shall keep an exact account of the same in such form as the Comptroller shall prescribe, and shall pay over to the Commissioner of Finance, without deduction or delay at such times and under such conditions as he/she may prescribe, all fees collected, the same to be accompanied by a verified statement to the effect that such fees are all the fees collected by him/her or his/her subordinates within five days after the expiration of said month, in such form as he/she may prescribe.
Whenever it shall be necessary to keep together the members of a jury during their deliberations, the court may direct the Sheriff to furnish specified meals and/or lodging to such jury. The claim for the expenses thereof shall be presented to the Commissioner of Finance, which claim must bear the approval of the Sheriff and of the judge, court or clerk of the court for which the jury was chosen and shall be paid as other court expenses are paid.