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6 This act modifies the County Code by making a technical correction relating to
7 investigations by the county legislative body.
8 This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
10 17-53-106, as enacted by Chapter 241, Laws of Utah 2001
11 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
12 Section 1. Section 17-53-106 is amended to read:
13 17-53-106. Supervision of county elected officers -- Legislative body and executive
14 may examine and audit accounts and conduct investigation.
15 (1) For purposes of this section, "professional duties" means a county elected officer's
16 functions, duties, and responsibilities specifically provided for by law and includes:
17 (a) the exercise of professional judgment and discretion reasonably related to the officer's
18 required functions, duties, and responsibilities; and
19 (b) the management of deputies and other employees under the supervision of the elected
20 officer under statute or county ordinance, policy, or regulation.
21 (2) (a) A county legislative body and a county executive each:
22 (i) may generally direct and supervise all elected county officers and employees to ensure
23 compliance with general county administrative ordinances, rules, or policies;
24 (ii) may not direct or supervise other elected county officers or their sworn deputies with
25 respect to the performance of the professional duties of the officers or deputies;
26 (iii) may examine and audit the accounts of all county officers having the care,
27 management, collection, or distribution of monies belonging to the county, appropriated to the
28 county, or otherwise available for the county's use and benefit; and
29 (iv) may investigate any matter pertaining to a county officer or to the county or its
30 business or affairs, and may require the attendance of witnesses and take evidence in any such
32 (b) In an investigation under Subsection (2)(a)(iv):
33 (i) the county executive or any member of the county legislative body may issue subpoenas
34 and administer oaths to witnesses; and
35 (ii) if the county legislative body [
36 legislative body as a committee and confers on the committee power to hear or take evidence, the
37 committee shall have the same power as the full county legislative body.
38 (3) Nothing in this section may be construed to prohibit the county executive or county
39 legislative body from initiating an action for removal or prosecution of an elected county officer
40 as provided by statute.
Legislative Review Note
as of 11-14-01 5:34 PM
A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.
Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel
The Political Subdivisions Interim Committee recommended this bill.
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