Q Does the sheriff have the authority to assign a deputy full time to a local private hospital in exchange for the hospital reimbursing the cost of the deputy, pursuant to a contract between the hospital and the county?

A The sheriff is authorized to assign deputies throughout the county for law enforcement purposes. However, there is no authority for the sheriff to assign a deputy to provide full-time security to a private hospital or any other private entity. (Attorney General’s Opinion to Faneca, May 1, 2014)