State Affairs and Government
§ 42-29-1 Appointment Powers and
(a) The director of the department of public safety shall appoint deputy
sheriffs and other necessary classifications pursuant to rank structure,
subject to the appropriations process. Deputy sheriffs and other employees of
the sheriff's division shall be subject to the supervision of the chief/sheriff
appointed by the director of the department of public safety who may assign
tasks and functions in order to ensure the proper management of the sheriffs'
division. Any deputy sheriff hired after July 1, 2001 must successfully
complete the sheriff academy and any courses deemed necessary at the municipal
police training academy prior to assuming the duties of a deputy sheriff.
Furthermore, the director of the department of public safety in conjunction
with the personnel administrator shall be responsible for promulgating written
class specifications with necessary minimum qualifications defined in them.
Deputy sheriffs can be removed for just cause by their appointing authority.
(b) All deputy sheriffs, and the deputy sheriffs shall
perform all the duties required and exercise all the powers prescribed in this
chapter; chapter 15 of title 5; chapters 5 and 10 of title 9; chapters 5, 10
and 14 of title 10; chapters 8, 31, 34, 36 and 44 of title 11; chapters 4, 5
and 6 of title 12; chapter 22 of title 17; chapters 4 and 6 of title 22;
chapter 2 of title 28; chapter 6 of title 35; chapter 8 of title 37; and all
other provisions of the general laws and public laws insofar as those powers
and duties relate to the deputy sheriffs and as required and prescribed in all
other provisions of the general laws and public laws relating to the powers and
duties of the sheriffs.
(c) All resources of the sheriffs shall be transferred to the
division of sheriffs within the department of public safety. These resources
include, but are not limited to, all positions, property, accounts and other
funding pertinent to sheriffs.
(d)(1) Any reference in the general laws to a chief/sheriff
within the division of sheriffs shall be deemed to mean a sworn member of the
division of sheriffs.
(2) Any reference in the general laws to a member of the
division of sheriffs shall be deemed to mean a sworn deputy sheriff within the
division of sheriffs.
History of Section.
(P.L. 1939, ch. 660, § 16; impl. am. P.L. 1956, ch. 3721, § 1; G.L.
1956, § 42-29-1; P.L. 1978, ch. 332, § 1; P.L. 1981, ch. 422, §
1; P.L. 2001, ch. 77, art. 29, § 3; P.L. 2011, ch. 151, art. 9, § 20;
P.L. 2012, ch. 324, § 1.)