Broun’s Chief of Staff Resigns

Here’s the news.

The chief of staff for Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) resigned Monday as sources said the congressman’s office has busted its budget.

J. Aloysius Hogan, Broun’s chief of staff, was in charge of the Member’s Representational Allowance (MRA), which was depleted because of franked mail, according to sources. The franked mail, which was sent to constituents, may have helped Broun in his recent primary win.

Earlier this month, sources said that Broun’s MRA was so low that the lawmaker would have to cut staff. At the time, Broun’s office said it was unaware of any possible cuts.

He’s a great guy. I understand the resignation and hope he lands on his feet.

4 comments

  1. Bill Simon says:

    Is there a Website somewhere that displays the oaths of office that people have to swear and affirm to.

    I am MOST interested in the oaths of office for a Georgia Sheriff’s position and a Georgia County Solicitor. Anyone got any ideas of a central location for these?

  2. GOPeach says:

    Congressman Broun –

    I would love to work for you!
    I did before and I would again-
    No need to pay me.
    I am all set.

    The benefits of being retired!

  3. GOPeach says:

    I can not believe I am doing this..
    call it an act of mercy……

    In Georgia, the sheriff is both a constitutional and a county officer. The constitutionality of the office derives primarily from English Common Law. Its status as a county office is drawn from a number of general constitutional provisions relating to the office. In addition to the general qualifications required of all county officers, a number of specific constitutional standards relate only to the office of sheriff.

    Georgia case law addresses specifically the duties associated with the office of sheriff. In Elder v. Camp, 193 Ga 320, 322, 18 S.E. 2d 622, the court held “The office of sheriff carries with it, in America, all of its Common-law duties and powers, except as modified by statute.” Thus the sheriff’s duties are tied directly to English Common-law unless modified by state statute. The Official Code of Georgia also address the sheriff’s duties in OCGA 15-16-1 Qualifications of Sheriff, OCGA 15-16-10 Duties of Sheriff, and 15-16-23 Employment of Deputies.

    There are four specific duties assigned to the sheriff enumerated in Georgia law. They are to maintain peace, protect life, protect property and provide service to the community. Beyond these, there are several duties required as a condition of the sheriff’s oath of office. The sheriff is required to provide law enforcement functions within the county. The sheriff may also intervene in matters relating to law enforcement even when those activities occur within the city limits.

    The sheriff must provide for

    * The protection of life and property;
    * The preservation of the public peace;
    * The prevention, detection, and investigation of criminal activity;
    * The apprehension and confinement of offenders and the recovery of property;
    * The expeditious movement and control of vehicular traffic and investigation of traffic accidents;
    * The control of crowds at public events and regulation of other non-criminal conduct;
    * The rendering of services and the protection of property during civil emergencies and natural disasters; and
    * The responsibility for providing numerous non-crime-related services to the community.

    Ordinarily, when a county police force is established, the sheriff will retain the court and detention-related functions but relinquishes authority to the county police force for the law enforcement activities within the county.

    In establishing the county police force, the county government cannot remove any law enforcement duties from the office of the sheriff, nor can they reduce the sheriff’s budget to hinder or prevent the sheriff from maintaining peace and enforcing laws within the county.

    DUTIES OF THE SHERIFF AS AN OFFICER OF THE COURT

    BAILIFF DUTIES

    The sheriff or his designee serves as the bailiff of the superior court, and upon request to the probate court. It is the bailiff’s duty to assist in maintaining order and decorum in the courtroom and to provide security and protection for jury proceedings and jury members.

    SERVICE OF SUMMONS AND SUBPOENAS

    The sheriff is responsible for serving many of the summons, but not all of them. Personal service is the preferred method of service, and is required in certain cases. There are other methods of service, which will be in a later chapter of this text.

    SERVICE OF OTHER CIVIL PROCESS PAPERS

    Civil process may be defined as the method by which civil (non-criminal) cases are initiated, carried out, and finalized. Most civil proceedings involve dispute over property ownership or the collection of debts. The sheriff exercises a number of broad responsibilities in these cases, which will be in a later chapter in this text.

    SERVICE AND EXECUTION OF WARRANTS

    The sheriffs serve and execute warrants issued within their county. The sheriff can cross county lines and execute arrest warrants in any county of the state.

    DUTIES OF THE SHERIFF AS A DETENTION OFFICER

    By virtue of their office, the sheriffs are the official jailors of the county. They are responsible for the health, safety and welfare of the prisoners under their control. Sheriffs are also responsible for protecting the constitutional rights of their prisoners. The sheriff is authorized by law to appoint jailors to assist in the keeping of the jail. Before taking office, jailors must swear to treat the prisoners humanely and not to allow them to escape through negligence or inattention.

    CONCLUSION

    As you can see, the office of the sheriff has had a long evolution. From it beginnings in old England, its arrival in America, its move into the old West, and its developments in the twentieth century; the office has seen many changes and expansion of its duties. The modern sheriff has law enforcement, court and detention responsibilities.

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