CHAPTER 519

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 9, DELAWARE CODE ENTITLED COUNTIES TO PERMIT ELECTED OFFICEHOLDERS TO EMPLOY AND SET THE SALARY OF A CHIEF DEPUTY IN THE SEVERAL COUNTY OFFICES IN NEW CASTLE COUNTY.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. Section 1521, Subsection (a), Chapter 15, Title 9, Delaware Code, is amended by inserting after the words "New Castle County" appearing in line 15 of said subsection (a) the following words:

"and the chief deputy appointed by certain of said elected officeholders".

Section 2. Chapter 91, Title 9, Delaware Code, is amended by adding a new section thereto as follows:

§ 9125. Chief Deputies

(a) The Clerk of the Peace, Sheriff, Prothonotary, Recorder of Deeds, Register of Wills, Register in Chancery and Clerk of the Orphans' Court in New Castle County each may select and employ one chief deputy who shall serve at the pleasure of the appointing officeholder. The provisions of this section shall not authorize any elected officeholder to increase the number of employees in any of the several county offices.

(b) The compensation to be paid said chief deputy shall be set by the appointing officeholder. However, said compensation shall not exceed the salary set by statute for the appointing officeholder, except that the salary for the Sheriff's chief deputy shall not exceed $9,000.

(c) This section shall apply only to the aforesaid officeholders elected at an election held subsequent to the effective date of this section, except that any present officeholder may select and employ a chief deputy in accordance with the provisions of this section if a vacancy exists or occurs in said position at or subsequent to the effective date of this section and may increase the salary of the chief deputy presently employed in the office of said officeholder in accordance with the provisions of this section pertaining to the salary of the chief deputy.

Approved June 5, 1970.