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First Substitute H.B. 229
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill amends provisions related to a county constable and deputy constable.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 . prohibits a county from contracting with a constable for a period that exceeds four
14 . requires a constable to present certain identification;
15 . requires a constable or deputy constable to notify the agency of jurisdiction in
16 certain circumstances;
17 . limits a constable's appointed term to four years; and
18 . makes technical corrections.
19 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
21 Other Special Clauses:
23 Utah Code Sections Affected:
25 17-25-5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 49
26 17-25-6, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 135
27 17-25a-3, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1993, Chapter 234
29 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
30 Section 1. Section 17-25-5 is amended to read:
31 17-25-5. Contracts for constable services.
32 (1) The governing body of [
33 may contract with [
34 governmental entity by [
35 (2) (a) A contract between a governing body and a constable, including a contract
36 described in Subsection (1), may not exceed four years.
37 (b) A contract described in Subsection (2)(a) may be renewed or extended for a period
38 not to exceed four years.
39 Section 2. Section 17-25-6 is amended to read:
40 17-25-6. Identification of constables -- Uniform requirements.
41 (1) While performing a duty described in Section 17-25-1 , a constable shall
42 prominently display a badge or other visible form of credentials and identification identifying:
46 (2) If a constable serves process, the constable shall:
47 (a) verbally communicate to the person being served that the constable is a constable;
49 (b) print on the first page of each document served:
50 (i) the constable's name and identification as a constable;
51 (ii) the county or municipality for which the constable is appointed; and
52 (iii) a business phone number for the constable.
53 (3) If a constable wears a uniform, the uniform shall be clearly marked with the word
54 "constable" on the uniform shirt and, if applicable, jacket.
55 Section 3. Section 17-25a-3 is amended to read:
56 17-25a-3. County and city constables -- Terms -- Authority -- Deputies.
57 (1) Constables appointed by a county or city are appointed for terms of [
58 and may serve more than one term if reappointed by the appointing body.
59 (2) (a) Constables serving process outside the county in which they are appointed shall
60 contact the sheriff's office or police department of the jurisdiction prior to serving executions or
62 (b) A constable or deputy constable shall notify the agency of jurisdiction by contacting
63 the sheriff's office or police department of jurisdiction before serving a warrant of arrest.
64 (3) The appointed constable may, upon approval of the appointing county or city,
65 employ and deputize persons who are certified as special function peace officers to function as
66 deputy constables.
67 (4) If the county or city appointing body withdraws the authority of a constable, the
68 authority of all deputy constables is also withdrawn.
69 (5) If the authority of a constable or deputy constable is withdrawn, notification of the
70 Peace Officer Standards and Training Division of the Department of Public Safety shall be
71 made pursuant to Section 53-6-209 .
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