Q May the board of supervisors pay any portion of the salary of a deputy clerk in the chancery clerk’s office whose duties and responsibilities are solely in land redemption and delinquent tax collection activities from which the chancery clerk receives a fee?

A If the duties of the deputy clerk are solely dealing with land redemption and delinquent tax collection activities, which are responsibilities of the chancery clerk, then the deputy clerk is required to be paid by the chancery clerk. A board of supervisors may, in its discretion, employ one or more of the chancery clerk’s deputies to perform other duties such as purchasing clerk or bookkeeper, which do not require deputization and are not responsibilities of the chancery clerk. A deputy chancery clerk carrying out other duties for which they have been employed by the board may be compensated for those duties by the board. (Attorney General’s Opinion to Clark, October 17, 2012)