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19-826. Fingerprinting of sheriff and candidates for office of sheriff; exception; fingerprints forwarded to K.B.I. for background investigation; cost. (a) Before January 1, 1988, each person holding office as sheriff of any county in this state on the effective date of this act shall be fingerprinted as provided by this section.

(b) Before assuming the office of sheriff of any county in this state, a person, other than an undersheriff or county clerk temporarily serving as sheriff pursuant to K.S.A. 19-804 or 19-804a, and amendments thereto, shall be fingerprinted as provided by this section. If the person is a candidate for the office of sheriff, such person shall be fingerprinted at the time of the filing of: (1) Nomination papers or a declaration of intent to become such a candidate; (2) a certificate of nomination as such a candidate of a political party; or (3) a certificate of election to fill a vacancy in such a candidacy.

(c) Fingerprinting pursuant to this section shall be done by the law enforcement agency of the county in the presence of the county election officer. The county election officer shall forthwith forward the fingerprints to the Kansas bureau of investigation for a search of state and national fingerprint files to determine whether the person qualifies for the office of sheriff pursuant to subsection (a)(3) of K.S.A. 19-801b, and amendments thereto. The Kansas bureau of investigation shall certify any conviction record of the person, or lack thereof, found as a result of such search to the county election officer and, if such a record is found, to the attorney general. If the person is a candidate for the office of sheriff and is found, as a result of the search, to be unqualified for such office, the county election officer shall notify the person within three days. Such person found to be unqualified for such office shall have five days from the date of the notice given by the Kansas bureau of investigation to: (1) Present evidence to the county election officer showing error in the conviction record certified by the Kansas bureau of investigation; and (2) seek correction of any such error by the Kansas bureau of investigation. If there is no error in such conviction record, the county election officer shall terminate the person's candidacy and remove the person's name from the ballot.

(d) Fingerprints taken and submitted pursuant to this section shall be on forms approved by the attorney general.

(e) The cost of a search of fingerprint files pursuant to this section shall be paid by the person being fingerprinted.

History: L. 1987, ch. 93, ยง 1; July 1.


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