The Sheriff is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer for the County. It shall be the duty of every sheriff to keep the peace within his county, by causing all offenders in his view to enter into bonds, with sureties, for keeping the peace and for appearing at the next circuit court, and by committing such offenders in case of refusal. He shall certify and return said bonds to the court. It shall be his duty to quell riots, routs, affrays and unlawful assemblages, and to prevent lynchings and mob violence, and wherever necessary he shall call to his aid the power of the county. He shall pursue, apprehend, and commit to jail all persons charged with treason, felony, or other crimes. He may take bonds, with good and sufficient sureties, of any person whom he may arrest with or without a warrant for any felony that is bailable as a matter of law.
The sheriff shall be the executive officer of the circuit and chancery court of his county, and he shall attend all the sessions thereof with a sufficient number of deputies or bailiffs. He shall execute all orders and decrees of said courts directed to him to be executed. He shall take into his custody, and safely keep, in the jail of his county, all persons committed by order of either of said courts, or by any process issuing there from, or lawfully required to be held for appearance before either of them.
The sheriff shall have charge of the courthouse and jail of his county, of the premises belonging thereto, and of the prisoners in said jail. He shall preserve the said premises and prisoners from mob violence, from any injuries or attacks by mobs or otherwise, and from trespasses and intruders.
The sheriff shall be the jailer of his county and, in the performance of his duties as jailer, he shall employ a jailer or jailers to have charge of the prisoners in the jail.
Every sheriff, by himself or his deputy, shall from time to time execute all notices, writs, and other process, both from courts of law and chancery, and all orders and decrees to him legally issued and directed within his county, and he shall make due returns thereof to the proper court.
The sheriff shall be the custodian of the books other than record books belonging to the county, and he shall keep the Mississippi Department Reports, census reports, statutes of the state, the "Mississippi Reports," digests, and legislative journals assigned to his county in a suitable and safe bookcase in the courtroom of the courthouse.
The Chief Deputy is responsible for the daily operations of the Sheriff's Department. The Chief Deputy is responsible to the Sheriff to plan, organize, implement, administer and evaluate all operations, to ensure continuous leadership and consistent administrative procedures within the department. The Chief Deputy assumes the duties, responsibilities and authority of the Sheriff in the Sheriff's absence.
Public Information Officer and Administrative Assistant
The Public Information Officer and Administrative Assistant with the George County Sheriff's Department are primarily responsible for performing all clerical duties associated with the Sheriff and other personnel when authorized. The Administrative Assistant is in charge of all personnel, payroll and scheduling of appointments for the Sheriff. Duties such as travel arrangements, monitoring department budgets, office equipment maintenance, inventories, and research are also included in the duty list.
Registration and supervision of all sex offenders residing in George County is also the duty of the PIO and Administrative Assistant. The PIO represents the sheriff and the sheriff department to all media when the sheriff is not available. This person writes press releases, will speak at local civic organizations, churches, and schools on topics that provide information to the citizens. Assists with grants, and organizes educational/training seminars for the officers of the sheriff's office.
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