Public Officers

Sec. 1. Stated salaries to be paid.
All state, city, county, town and school officers, (excepting justices of the peace and constables in precincts having less than fifteen hundred population, and excepting court commissioners, boards of arbitration and notaries public) shall be paid fixed and definite salaries. The legislature shall, from time to time, fix the amount of such salaries as are not already fixed by this constitution, which shall in all cases be in proportion to the value of the services rendered and the duty performed.  

Sec. 2. Fees.
The legislature shall provide by law the fees which may be demanded by justices of the peace and constables in precincts having less than fifteen hundred population, and of court commissioners, boards of arbitration and notaries public, which fees the said officers shall accept as their full compensation. But all other state, county, city, town and school officers shall be required by law to keep a true and correct account of all fees collected by them, and to pay the same into the proper treasury when collected, and the officer whose duty it is to collect such fees shall be held responsible, under his bond, for neglect to collect the same.  

Sec. 3. Legislature to designate county offices and fix salaries of county officers.
The legislature shall by law designate county offices and shall, from time to time, fix the salaries of county officers, which shall in all cases be in proportion to the value of the services rendered and the duties performed.

This section was amended by a resolution adopted by the 1943 legislature, ratified by a vote of the people at the general election held on November 7, 1944, and proclaimed in effect on December 6, 1944.

Sec. 4. Deputies.
The legislature shall provide by general law for such deputies as the public necessities may require, and shall fix their compensation.

Sec. 5. Who are county officers referred to by section 3.
Any county officers performing the duties usually performed by the officers named in this article shall be considered as referred to by section 3 of this article, regardless of the title by which their offices may hereafter be designated.

Sec. 6. Consolidation of offices.
Whenever practicable the legislature may, and whenever the same can be done without detriment to the public service, shall consolidate offices in state, county and municipalities respectively, and whenever so consolidated, the duties of such additional office shall be performed under an ex official title.