AN ACT creating the Office of Comptroller for Kent County.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

Section 1. That the Governor shall, within ten days after the approval of this act, appoint a competent person, who shall be a resident freeholder in Kent County, to the office of County Comptroller, which said office is hereby created. The person so appointed shall hold office from the date of his appointment until and including the Monday next preceding the first Tuesday in the month of January, A. D. 1913, or until his successor be duly qualified. That at the general election in the year A. D. 1912, and at the general election in each and every fourth year thereafter, there shall be voted for and elected by the voters of Kent County, qualified to vote for members of the General Assembly, a person, being a resident free-holder as aforesaid, to fill the office of County Comptroller. The person so elected as aforesaid, shall hold office for the term of four years, commencing on the first Tuesday in January next succeeding his election, or until his successor shall be duly qualified. Any Comptroller appointed or elected under the provisions of this Act shall, before entering upon the duties of his office, give bond to the State of Delaware with one or more sureties, to be approved by the Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the State of Delaware resident in Kent County, in the sum of ten thousand dollars, conditioned for the faithful performance of the duties of the said office, and such bond shall have attached thereto a warrant for the confession of judgment thereon. Such bond and warrant shall be forthwith transmitted by the said Judge to the Clerk of the Peace of Kent County, to be by him recorded and safely kept. It shall be the duty of said Clerk of the Peace whenever, in his judgment the public interest demands, or whenever the County Treasurer or the Levy Court Commissioners, or a majority of them shall so request, to cause judgment to be entered on said bond in the Superior Court in and for Kent County. In case of the death, resignation, or refusal to act, or inability to give bond, as aforesaid, of any person appointed Comptroller as aforesaid, or whenever a vacancy shall occur in said office from any cause, the Governor shall appoint a competent person to act as County Comptroller during the residue of the term in which such vacancy shall happen, and such person so appointed shall be subject to all the provisions of law respecting said office. Every person who shall be appointed or elected to the office of County Comptroller shall, before entering upon the duties of his office, take and subscribe an oath or affirmation that he will support the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the State of Delaware, and that he will perform the duties of his office with fidelity.

Section 2. That it shall be the duty of the County Comptroller to audit all the accounts, whether they be general or special, of the said Levy Court Commissioners, and countersign all warrants, general and special, drawn by order of said Commissioners for the payment of money. No money shall be paid out of the Treasury for County purposes except on warrants drawn by order of the Levy Court Commissioners signed by the president of the Levy Court and countersigned by the Comptroller, as provided hereafter in this section; provided, however, that interest coupons on the bonded debt of the County, and orders drawn by the Clerk of the Peace and the Prothonotary for fees of witnesses and jurors, shall be paid on presentation; and provided further, that orders drawn by the Clerk of the Peace concerning the laying out of roads shall be countersigned by the Comptroller before payment. After the adjournment of the Court of General Sessions and the Superior Court, the Comptroller shall verify the accounts of the Clerk of the Peace and pro_