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  ( Title 3 added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424. )

DIVISION 2. OFFICERS [24000 - 28085]

  ( Division 2 added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424. )

PART 1. OFFICERS GENERALLY [24000 - 24356]

  ( Part 1 added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424. )

CHAPTER 2. Duties [24050 - 24058]
  ( Chapter 2 added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424. )


Each county officer shall complete the business of his office to the time of the expiration of his term. If at the close of his term any officer leaves to his successor any official labor to be performed which it was his duty to perform, he shall be liable to his successor for the full value of such services.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)


(a) On or before July 10th in each year, or at any other interval designated by the board of supervisors, each county officer or person in charge of any office, department, service, or institution of the county, and the executive head of each special district whose affairs and funds are under the supervision and control of the board of supervisors or for which the board is ex officio the governing body shall file with the county clerk, or with the county auditor, according to the procedure prescribed by the board, an inventory under oath, showing in detail all county property in his or her possession or in his or her charge at the close of business on the preceding June 30th.

(b) By ordinance the board of supervisors may prescribe an annual or any other period, provided that the period shall not be in excess of three years, for preparation of the inventory and a correspondingly different date for its filing, and may prescribe the manner and form in which the inventory shall be compiled. The inventories shall be kept of record by the county clerk or auditor for at least five years. Any inventory which has been on file for five years or more may be destroyed on order of the board of supervisors or may be destroyed at any time after the document has been reproduced in accordance with Section 26205.1.

(c) A true copy of the inventory shall be delivered by the person who made it to his or her successor in office, who shall receipt for it. The receipt shall be filed with the county clerk or county auditor.

(Amended by Stats. 2007, Ch. 343, Sec. 8.5. Effective January 1, 2008.)


Whenever notice is required by law to be published in a newspaper by any officer of a county or judicial district, the person for whom the notice is to be given shall pay to the officer, if required, the fees for the publication, in advance. Failure of any officer to publish any notice required by law pertaining to the duties of his office is a misdemeanor.

(Amended by Stats. 1951, Ch. 1553.)


Any officer authorizing, aiding to authorize, auditing, allowing, or paying any claim or demand upon or against the treasury of any county, or any fund thereof, in violation of law or of the constitution is liable personally and upon his official bond to the person damaged by such illegal action, to the extent of his loss by reason of the nonpayment of his claim.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)


Any clerk or sheriff who receives any fine or forfeiture and refuses or neglects to pay it over according to law and within 30 days after its receipt is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(Amended by Stats. 1998, Ch. 931, Sec. 192. Effective September 28, 1998.)


The board of supervisors upon receiving a certified copy of the record of conviction of any officer for receiving illegal fees shall declare his office vacant.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 424.)


Every county officer and the officer’s deputies may administer and certify oaths.

(Amended by Stats. 1998, Ch. 931, Sec. 193. Effective September 28, 1998.)


Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, but excepting herefrom any meetings of law enforcement officers called pursuant to Section 12524 of the Government Code, when any county officer is called or summoned to attend any meeting or conference by any civil executive officer of the state pursuant to state law, his expenses of attending such meeting or conference may be made charges against the county only when funds for such expenses, exclusive of funds required for mandatory travel expenses, have already been appropriated.

(Amended by Stats. 1970, Ch. 103.)

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