Can you say, without looking it up, who the only person is who is authorized to arrest the Sheriff?
I’ll wait while you think about it. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The answer is … the Coroner. The first time I heard that I was amazed! Where in the heck did that come from? I don’t know, but that is the law.
An article in the newspaper this morning reminded me of this fact because a Coroner in another part of our state had arrested the Sheriff in his county because the Sheriff was being charged with embezzlement.
Reading that article brought back memories of the first time that little piece of information came to my attention.
Hubby was the newly elected Sheriff of our county. He came home one night and while recapping what he had done that day, he said he had agreed to speak at a convention of Coroners that would be taking place in our city in the near future.
That piqued my interest. I’d never thought about Coroners “convening” before. What kind of break-out sessions would you have at a coroner’s convention? Time of Death Calculating 101?
And what kind of speakers would you have? Well, I guess I could at least partially answer that one now — one of your speakers might be the Sheriff!
Anyway, the Coroner called and asked Hubby if he would speak.
Before I go any further, let me tell you that Hubby and the Coroner had a very good relationship and they both had a good sense of humor — valuable in both their jobs.
But when the Coroner called, Hubby was very busy and thinking about other things, so when he took the call he didn’t immediately and enthusiastically accept the invitation and said he would have to check with his secretary to make sure that day was open.
The Coroner then said, “You know, Sheriff, just the other day I was trying to remember who it is who is the only person in the whole world who can arrest the sheriff. And then I remembered, “It’s me!”
The Coroner got the desired reaction. He got Hubby’s full attention and made him chuckle.
Hubby said, “Point well taken. What time do you want me there.”