CHAPTER 139 - SALARIES OF COUNTY OFFICERS

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 53 OF THE REVISED CODE OF DELAWARE, 1915, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO SALARIES OF CERTAIN COUNTY OFFICERS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Section 1. That Chapter 53 of the Revised Code of Delaware, 1915, as amended, be and the same is hereby further amended by repealing 1438. Sec. 6 thereof, and by inserting in lieu thereof the following new section:

1438. Sec. 6 Compensation of Officers:--The Clerk of the Peace, Sheriff, Coroner, Prothonotary, Recorder, Register of Wills, Register in Chancery and Clerk of the Orphans' Court, in each of the Counties, shall be paid, in lieu of all fees, costs,' allowances, perquisites and other compensation of every kind for performing every and all the services, acts and duties of their respective offices, the following annual salaries payable in equal monthly installments by warrants drawn by the Levy Court on the County Treasurer of their respective Counties, namely: In New Castle County the Clerk of the Peace shall receive four thousand dollars; the Sheriff, three thousand and six hundred dollars; the Coroner, fifteen hundred dollars; the Prothonotary, three thousand and six hundred dollars; the Recorder, three thousand and six hundred dollars; the Register of Wills, three thousand and six hundred dollars; the Register in Chancery, one thousand and five hundred dollars; and the Clerk of the Orphans' Court, one thousand and five hundred dollars.

In Kent County, the Clerk of the Peace shall receive Two Thousand Dollars; the Sheriff, Two Thousand Dollars; the Coroner, One Thousand Dollars; the Prothonotary, Two Thousand Dollars; the Recorder, Two Thousand Dollars; the Register of Wills, Two Thousand Dollars; the Register of Chancery, One Thousand Dollars; the Clerk of the Orphans' Court, One Thousand Dollars; and the County Comptroller, Two Thousand Dollars.

In Sussex County, the Clerk of the Peace shall receive one thousand and eight hundred dollars; the Sheriff, two thousand dollars; the Coroner, one thousand dollars; the Prothonotary, one thousand and five hundred dollars; the Recorder, one thousand and five hundred dollars; the Register of Wills, one thousand and five hundred dollars; the Register in Chancery, seven hundred and fifty dollars; and the Clerk of the Orphans' Court, seven hundred and fifty dollars.

Section 2. That Chapter 53 of the Revised Code of Delaware, 1915, as amended, be and the same is hereby further amended by repealing all of the paragraphs of 1439. Sec. 7 thereof, as found in Chapter 79 of Volume 35, Laws of Delaware, being all of the said Chapter 79 of the said Volume 35, and by inserting in lieu thereof the following:

1439. Sec. 7. Deputies; Appointment; Salaries:--The officers mentioned in the first section of this Chapter may select and employ Deputies and Clerks to assist them in the performance of the duties of their offices respectively, at the following annual salaries, namely:

In New Castle County, the Clerk of the Peace may select and employ one Chief Deputy at an annual salary of Twenty-one Hundred Dollars ($2100.00), and four Clerks, each at an annual salary of Eighteen Hundred Dollars ($1800.00); the Sheriff, one Chief Deputy at an annual salary of Twenty-one Hundred Dollars ($2100.00), and five other Deputies, each at an annual salary of Eighteen Hundred Dollars ($1800.00); the Prothonotary, one Chief Deputy at an annual salary of Twenty-one Hundred Dollars ($2100.00), and four Clerks, each at an annual salary of Eighteen Hundred Dollars ($1800.00); the Recorder, one Chief Deputy, and two other Deputies or Index Clerks, each at an annual salary of Twenty-one Hundred Dollars ($2100.00), and eight clerks, each at an annual salary of Eighteen Hundred Dollars ($1800.00); the Register of Wills, one Chief Deputy at an annual salary of Twenty-one Hundred Dollars ($2100.00), and four Clerks, each at an annual salary of Eighteen Hundred Dollars ($1800.00); the Register in Chancery and Clerk of the Orphans Court, one Chief Deputy, at a salary of Twenty-one Hundred Dollars ($2100.00), and four Clerks, each at an annual salary of Eighteen Hundred Dollars ($1800.00); the Coroner, one Chief Deputy, at an annual salary of Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00).

Provided, however, that the Resident Associate Judge of New Castle County, from time to time, may authorize and direct, by resolution duly adopted, that any, either or all of the said officers may select and employ such other clerks and at such times and in such numbers, as the said Resident Associate Judge of New Castle County shall deem proper to properly perform the public work required in any office or offices of any, either or all of the said officers.

And provided, further, that any additional Clerks so authorized or employed shall receive like compensation as fixed by law for the other Clerks performing like or similar services, and payable in the manner fixed by law.

The Chief Deputy selected and employed by each of the aforesaid officers shall be possessed of all the authority of their respective offices, and in the absence or disability of the duly elected officer, the Chief Deputy of such office shall perform all the duties of the office, until the vacancy so created shall be filled as required by the Constitution of the State of Delaware.

Section 3. That Chapter 97 of Volume 34, Laws of Delaware, and Chapter 107 of Volume 37, Laws of Delaware, the provisions of which are fully provided for in this Act, be and the same are hereby repealed.

Section 4. That Chapter 87 of Volume 29, Laws of Delaware, be and the same is hereby repealed.

Section 5. That all acts and parts of ads inconsistent with any of the provisions of this Act be and the same are hereby repealed to the extent of, and only to the extent of, any such inconsistency or inconsistencies.

Approved April 18, 1935.