THE CONSTITUTION OF 1865


ARTICLE VII

STATE AND COUNTY OFFICERS

Section 1. A secretary of State, a comptroller of public accounts, and a State treasurer, shall be elected by a joint vote of both houses of the General Assembly, each of whom shall continue in office during the term of two years, shall perform all the duties that may be required of him by law, and receive such compensation as may be by law provided.

Section 2. An attorney-general and as many solicitors as there are judicial circuits in the State, shall be elected by a joint vote of both houses of the General Assembly, each of whom shall hold his office for the term of four years, shall perform all the duties that may be required of him by law, and shall receive such compensation for his services as may be by law provided, which shall not be diminished during his continuance in office.

Section 3. A sheriff shall be elected in each county, by the qualified electors thereof, who shall hold his office for the term of three years, unless sooner removed, and shall not be eligible to serve, either as principal or deputy, for any two successive terms. Vacancies in the office of sheriff shall be filled by the Governor, as in other cases ; and the person so appointed shall continue in office until the next general election in the county for sheriff as by law provided.

Section 4. No member of Congress, nor any person who holds any office of profit or trust under the United States, (except postmasters,) or any other State or government ; nor any person who shall have been convicted of having given or offered any bribe to procure his election or appointment; now any person who shall have been convicted of bribery, forgery, perjury, or other high crime or misdemeanor which may be by law declared to disqualify him,--shall be eligible to any office of profit or trust under this State.

Section 5. All commissions shall be in the name, and by the authority of the State of Alabama ; shall be sealed with the great seal of the State, signed by the Governor, and attested by the secretary of State.

Section 6. All civil officers of this State, legislative, executive, and judicial, before they enter upon the execution of the duties of their respective offices, shall take the following oath: "I solemnly swear," (or affirm, as the case may be,) "that I will support the constitution of the United States , and the constitution of the State of Alabama, so long as I continue a citizen thereof ; and that I will faithfully discharge, to the best of my abilities, the duties of the office of So help me God."

Section 7. All civil officers of the State, whether elected by the people, or by the General Assembly, or appointed by the Governor, shall be liable to impeachment for any misdemeanor in office ; but judgement in such cases shall not extend further than removal from office, and disqualification to hold any office of honor, trust, or profit, under the State ; but the party convicted shall, nevertheless, be liable and subject to indictment, trial, and punishment according to law.

 


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