Q May a county require the sheriff to use drug forfeiture funds to pay sheriff’s department employees accumulated “comp time”?

A No, funds forfeited pursuant to a court order may be used for any law enforcement purpose, including salaries and payment of compensatory time of law enforcement personnel when a formalized policy authorizing such payment was in effect when the work was done; however, the Sheriff has the authority to determine the law enforcement purpose for which the forfeiture funds will be spend. (Attorney General’s Opinion to Mueller, May 13, 2016)