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County Office Qualifications 2019

County and County District

Candidate Requirements

The following are brief descriptions of the various county offices up for election in 2019. These are summaries only retrieved from third party sources the links to which have been included. For more detailed information, visit the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Elections website, which is the source of all listings below.

Please inform us immediately of any errors or misinformation contained on this page. It is our goal to present accurate information, so any errors are not intentional and to correct them on a timely basis.


Before You Start

The basic requirements for seeking ANY elective office in Mississippi are as follows:

  • You must be a qualified elector (registered voter) and resident of the district of the office for which the candidate seeks election. Miss. Const. of 1890, Art. XII, § 250.

  •  You must never have been convicted of bribery, perjury or other infamous crime, being defined as a crime punishable by a minimum of one (1) year confinement in the state penitentiary, unless pardoned for the offense. Miss. Const. of 1890, Art. IV, § 44.

  • You must never have been convicted of a felony in a court of this state; or, of a felony in a federal court or of a crime in a court of another state which is a felony under the laws of this state on or after December 8, 1992; excluding, however, a conviction of manslaughter or a violation of the United States Internal Revenue Code or any violation of the tax laws of this state, unless the offense also involved the misuse or abuse of an office or money coming into a candidate’s hands by virtue of an office. Miss. Const. of 1890, Art. IV, § 44.

In some cases, there are additional requirements, including residency and the payment of a filing fee for most offices, which have been summarized below. The filing fee for all county and county district offices is $100 payable to the appropriate county executive committee via the circuit clerk. Qualification applications may be obtained at your county’s Circuit Court Clerk’s office. If you are running for a county district office, you also can obtain information about the district lines from your circuit clerk. To find the address/phone number of your Circuit Clerk, click the following link.


County Offices

Sheriff

Duties: The Sheriff is the chief law enforcement officer of the county and is elected to a four-year term. He or she may run for re-election. The sheriff is the chief officer of the chancery and circuit courts and maintains the county law library. The sheriff is in charge of the county courthouse, jail, and protection of prisoners.

Additional qualifications: A candidate for sheriff may not be a defaulter to the state or any county or municipality or the United States

Chancery Clerk

Duties: The Chancery Clerk is elected to a four-year term and may run for re-election. The Chancery Clerk is the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors and of the Chancery Court. The Clerk is responsible for maintaining the records of both the Board and the Court.

Circuit Clerk

Duties: The Circuit Clerk is elected to a four-year term and may run for re-election. The clerk is the chief officer of the Circuit Court and chief elections officer of the county. The clerk assists election officials to conduct primary and general elections.

Tax Assessor and Tax Collector

Duties: The Tax Assessor and/or Tax Collector may serve in both capacities in all counties. The Assessor’s role is to maintain the personal, real and ad valorem tax rolls of the county. The Collector is responsible for keeping the records of tax payments and depositing the money in the county treasury.

Coroner


Duties: The Coroner is elected to a four-year term and may run for re-election. The Coroner is the chief county medical examiner and/or county medical examiner investigator. This official is responsible for issuing declarations of death and performing or reporting results of autopsies in cases requiring such action.

Additional Qualifications: the candidate must be at least 21 years of age and possessing a high school diploma or its equivalent unless elected before and continuously holding office since July 1, 1986

Superintendent of Education

Duties: The Superintendent of Education is the chief administrative officer of the school district. The Superintendent serves as the executive secretary of the county board of education, but has no vote in the proceedings before the board and no voice in fixing its policies. The Superintendent is the director of all schools in the county outside the municipal separate school districts.

Additional Qualifications: A Superintendent of Education must be the holder of
a valid Class AA Administrator’s certificate issued by the State Department of Education, and have no less than four years of classroom and/or administrative experience. Not all counties elect a superintendent of education.

Prosecuting Attorney

Duties: The county prosecuting attorney represents the state in all felony matters before the county’s justice courts and county courts. Additionally, the county attorney represents the state in criminal cases appealed from county court to circuit court, can present any matter to the grand jury, and has full responsibility for all misdemeanor youth court proceedings and all other cases not specified to the district attorney.

Additional qualifications: The prosecuting attorney must a regular licensed and practicing attorney.

County Engineer/Surveyor


Duties: The County Engineer/Surveyor executes all orders of survey directed to
him by any court, all surveys of land within his county at the request of the owners or proprietors, and to survey, resurvey, measure, and divide land as requested by the county board of supervisors. Not all counties elect this position.

Additional qualifications: The County Engineer/Surveyor must be a registered land surveyor

County District Offices

Supervisor


Duties: Supervisors shall have the power to adopt, modify, alter, or repeal orders, resolutions or ordinances in their respective county and district not inconsistent with law. In general, supervisors have jurisdiction over roads, ferries, bridges, tax levies, courthouses and jails, county-owned real property, appropriation of funds, contractual powers of municipality as well as other powers expressly authorized by law.

Justice Court Judge


Duties: Justice Court Judges shall have civil and criminal jurisdiction of all actions where the principal of the debt, amount of the demand, or the value of the property sought to be recovered shall not exceed $3,500.

Additional qualifications: A Justice Court Judge must be a qualified elector, a resident of the county for two (2) years preceding the day of election, and complete course of training required by law within six (6) months of the beginning of the term in office.

Constable


Duties: Constables shall keep and preserve the peace within their county, by aiding and assisting in executing the criminal laws of the state for the Justice Courts of his district. Constables shall obey all lawful orders and execute all judgments for Justice Courts within this district.

Election Commissioners

Duties: An Election Commissioner’s general duties include conducting non-partisan elections, certifying election results, and purging voter rolls. One election commissioner is elected from each supervisor district on staggered terms. Contact your Circuit Clerk to see which seat, if any, will be on the ballot this year.

Additional Qualifications: Elections for this post are non-partisan and require no qualifying fee.

County School Trustee

Duties: County school board members’ general duties include governing the operations of the county school board, hiring all employees, and setting school district policies. One school trustee is elected from each supervisor district on staggered terms. Contact your Circuit Clerk to see which seat, if any, will be on the ballot this year.

Additional Qualifications: A candidate must have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Elections for this post are non-partisan and require no qualifying fee.


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