(A) By the Sher­iff.  The Sher­iff, with­out the fil­ing of charges with the Com­mis­sion, may take the fol­low­ing dis­ci­pli­nary mea­sures for infrac­tions of these Rules, Reg­u­la­tions and Procedures:

  1. Rep­ri­mand a sub­or­di­nate orally;
  2. Rep­ri­mand a sub­or­di­nate in writ­ing and place a copy in his Mer­it Com­mis­sion file;
  3. Assign to a sub­or­di­nate extra duty in his reg­u­lar assign­ment or oth­er­wise, with or with­out pay, not to exceed eight (8) hours in any one (1) week or forty (40) hours in any three (3) month peri­od;
  4. Sus­pend a sub­or­di­nate for any rea­son­able peri­od of time not to exceed a total of thir­ty (30) days with­in a twelve (12) month peri­od.  The Sher­iff may sus­pend any sub­or­di­nate for a peri­od in addi­tion to the above lim­it­ed thir­ty (30) days only after charges against that mem­ber have been filed with the Com­mis­sion on those charges.

All oth­er dis­ci­pli­nary mea­sures by the Sher­iff will become a part of the deputy’s Mer­it Com­mis­sion file.  No oth­er dis­ci­pli­nary mea­sures shall be tak­en by the Sher­iff except by the Order of the Commission.

(B) If the Com­mis­sion, after a hear­ing upon charges, shall make a find­ing of guilty, it may order any of the fol­low­ing dis­ci­pli­nary mea­sures which in the opin­ion of the Com­mis­sion the offense merits:

  1. Sus­pen­sion for a peri­od not to exceed a total of one hun­dred eighty (180) days in any twelve (12) month period;
  2. Reduc­tion in rank;
  3. Dis­charge and removal from the Sheriff’s Department.

(C) If the Com­mis­sion, after a hear­ing upon charges, shall make a find­ing of not guilty, it shall require the Sheriff’s Depart­ment to:

  1. Restore the accused to duty forth­with at the rank and posi­tion from which he was suspended;
  2. Make pro­vi­sion to con­tin­ue the accused’s senior­i­ty as if it had nev­er been interrupted;
  3. Assure that the accused is prop­er­ly reim­bursed for any loss of salary.  The dif­fer­ence between any monies earned at oth­er employ­ment while under sus­pen­sion and the accused’s reg­u­lar salary shall pro­vide the basis for such reim­burse­ment.  The Com­mis­sion also here­by pro­hibits the Sher­iff from using his own pow­er of dis­ci­pline in such a man­ner as to pun­ish a man who has been found not guilty of charges by the Commission.