§139.1. Political payroll padding by sheriff; sale of assets of sheriff's office prohibited
A. During the six months preceding a gubernatorial election and during the time interval between the gubernatorial election and the first day of July following election, it shall be unlawful for any sheriff to:
(1) Increase the number of deputies or employees in his office by more than five percent over the average number of such employees for each of the first six months of the twelve months preceding said election; or
(2) Increase the payroll or other operating expenses of his office more than fifteen percent over its average amount of such expenditures for each of the months of the first six months of the twelve months preceding said election; or
(3) Transfer title and ownership of the capital assets of his office of a value in excess of ten percent of the total value of said assets as reflected in the current inventory filed in the office of the sheriff on date of the first primary election under the provisions of Section 513 of Title 24.
B. In determining whether any surplus or deficit exists in the office of any sheriff at the expiration of a term of office, the current market value of the capital assets of the office as set forth in the inventory filed in accordance with Section 513 of Title 24 shall be included in the total assets of the sheriff's office.
C. The provisions of this Section shall not apply when the increases or decreases are necessitated by flood, invasion by common enemy, or other public emergency. In addition, the provisions of this Section shall not apply to any increase based upon the utilization of additional revenue from a tax district election or to an increase necessitated by the completion of a new or expansion of an existing prison facility.
D. Whoever violates the provisions of Subsection A of this Section shall be imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than five years or shall be fined not more than five thousand dollars, or both.
Added by Acts 1981, No. 505, §1; Acts 1999, No. 108, §1.