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    News Article | July 20, 2022

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    "I've been elected district clerk but I don't want my peace officer experience to go to waste. May I serve as a reserve deputy sheriff while I am district clerk?"

    May a District Clerk serve as a reserve deputy sheriff?

    Yes. Attorney General Letter Opinion LO-98-035 determined that a District Clerk may simultaneously serve as a reserve deputy sheriff. The Attorney General opined that this did not violate the Article XVI, Section 40 constitutional prohibition against dual office holding because a sheriff’s deputy does not hold a civil office of emolument. Nor does holding the two offices violate the common law doctrine of incompatibility