Q May the sheriff make an agreement with a private company whereby the company publishes a “Sheriff’s calendar” which will be paid for by advertisements sold to local businesses, with a percentage of the proceeds donated to the county to be credited to the sheriff’s annual budget?

A No. As a general proposition, public officials are generally entitled to make agreements that serve a governmental function or where express statutory authority exists. There is no specific statutory authority for a sheriff’s office to enter an agreement to publish a calendar, and this arrangement appears to be a profit making venture with no stated or obvious connection to the performance of the duties of the sheriff’s office. (Attorney General’s Opinion to Shepard, September 19, 2014)