Q Can a sheriff appoint an employee of the county tax collector’s office as a special deputy, without law enforcement arrest powers/duties, for the particular act of accepting the lost or stolen tag report and then forwarding it on to the sheriff’s department?

A Yes. Such appointment should be in writing and specify with particularity the function the employee is to perform. Also, the appointment must be made with the agreement of the tax collector. (Attorney General’s Opinion to Lawrence issued December 10, 2010)