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SB-271 County sheriffs: eligibility requirements.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 01/28/2021 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 271


Introduced by Senator Wiener
(Principal coauthors: Assembly Members Kalra and Wicks)
(Coauthor: Senator Skinner)
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Lee, McCarty, and Ting)

January 28, 2021


An act to amend Section 13.5 of the Elections Code, and to repeal Section 24004.3 of the Government Code, relating to local government.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 271, as introduced, Wiener. County sheriffs: eligibility requirements.
The California Constitution requires the Legislature to provide for an elected county sheriff in each county. Existing statutory law specifies that a person is not eligible to become a candidate for the office of sheriff in a county unless the person has an advanced certificate issued by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training or meets a combination of certain educational degree and full-time, salaried law enforcement experience requirements, as specified. Existing law deems a person holding the office of sheriff on January 1, 1989, to have met those qualifications.
This bill would repeal those eligibility provisions, and would make other conforming changes.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 13.5 of the Elections Code is amended to read:

13.5.
 (a) (1) Notwithstanding subdivision (a) of Section 13, no person shall be considered a legally qualified candidate for any of the offices set forth in subdivision (b) unless that person has filed a declaration of candidacy, nomination papers, or statement of write-in candidacy, accompanied by documentation, including, but not necessarily limited to, certificates, declarations under penalty of perjury, diplomas, or official correspondence, sufficient to establish, in the determination of the official with whom the declaration or statement is filed, that the person meets each qualification established for service in that office by the provision referenced in subdivision (b).
(2) The provision of “documentation,” for purposes of compliance with the requirements of paragraph (1), may include the submission of either an original, as defined in Section 255 of the Evidence Code, or a duplicate, as defined in Section 260 of the Evidence Code.
(b) This section shall be applicable to the following offices and qualifications therefor:
(1) For the office of county auditor, the qualifications set forth in Sections 26945 and 26946 of the Government Code.
(2) For the office of county district attorney, the qualifications set forth in Sections 24001 and 24002 of the Government Code.

(3)For the office of county sheriff, the qualifications set forth in Section 24004.3 of the Government Code.

(4)

(3) For the office of county superintendent of schools, the qualifications set forth in Sections 1205 to 1208, inclusive, of the Education Code.

(5)

(4) For the office of judge of the superior court, the qualifications set forth in Section 15 of Article VI of the California Constitution.

(6)

(5) For the office of county treasurer, county tax collector, or county treasurer-tax collector, the qualifications set forth in Section 27000.7 of the Government Code, provided that the board of supervisors has adopted the provisions of that section pursuant to Section 27000.6 of the Government Code.

SEC. 2.

 Section 24004.3 of the Government Code is repealed.
24004.3.

(a)No person is eligible to become a candidate for the office of sheriff in any county unless, at the time of the final filing date for election, he or she meets one of the following criteria:

(1)An active or inactive advanced certificate issued by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.

(2)One year of full-time, salaried law enforcement experience within the provisions of Section 830.1 or 830.2 of the Penal Code at least a portion of which shall have been accomplished within five years prior to the date of filing, and possesses a master’s degree from an accredited college or university.

(3)Two years of full-time, salaried law enforcement experience within the provisions of Section 830.1 or 830.2 of the Penal Code at least a portion of which shall have been accomplished within five years prior to the date of filing, and possesses a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

(4)Three years of full-time, salaried law enforcement experience within the provisions of Section 830.1 or 830.2 of the Penal Code at least a portion of which shall have been accomplished within five years prior to the date of filing, and possesses an associate in arts or associate in science degree, or the equivalent, from an accredited college.

(5)Four years of full-time, salaried law enforcement experience within the provisions of Section 830.1 or 830.2 of the Penal Code at least a portion of which shall have been accomplished within five years prior to the date of filing, and possesses a high school diploma or the equivalent.

(b)All persons holding the office of sheriff on January 1, 1989 shall be deemed to have met all qualifications required for candidates seeking election or appointment to the office of sheriff.