There shall be allowed annually to the sheriff, in addition to all salary and allowances otherwise provided by law, an amount equal to one-half of the official salary allowed under division (A) of section 325.06 and section 325.18 of the Revised Code, to provide for expenses that the sheriff incurs in the performance of the sheriff's official duties and in the furtherance of justice. Upon the order of the sheriff, the county auditor shall draw the auditor's warrant on the county treasurer, payable to the sheriff or any other person as the order designates, for the amount the order requires. The amounts the order requires, not exceeding the amount provided by this section, shall be paid out of the general fund of the county.
Nothing shall be paid under this section until the sheriff gives bond to the state in an amount not less than the sheriff's official salary, to be fixed by the court of common pleas or the probate court, with sureties to be approved by either of those courts. The bond shall be conditioned that the sheriff will faithfully discharge all the duties enjoined upon the sheriff, and pay over all moneys the sheriff receives in an official capacity. The bond, with the approval of the court of common pleas or the probate court of the amount of the bond and the sureties on the bond, shall be deposited with the county treasurer.
The sheriff annually, before the first Monday of January, shall file with the county auditor an itemized statement, verified by the sheriff, as to the manner in which the fund provided by this section has been expended during the current year, and, if any part of that fund remains in the sheriff's hands unexpended, forthwith shall pay the remainder into the county treasury.
Effective Date: 09-05-2001 .