Q May a city school district resource officer also hold the position of municipal alderman ?

A Yes, an individual may hold both positions, unless the school resource officer has been designated a peace officer, thereby having law enforcement authority. A school resource officer designated as a peace officer holds law enforcement authority and operates in the executive branch of government. An alderman serves in the legislative branch of government. The Mississippi Supreme Court held that no officer of one department may perform a function at the core of the power properly belonging to another department. A school resource officer not designated as a peace officer pursuant to Section 37-7-321 does not exercise core power, so such an arrangement is not violative of the constitutionally mandated separation of powers. (Attorney General’s Opinion to McDonald, March 4, 2016)