When there is no sheriff in any county, it is the duty of the coroner to exercise all the powers and duties of the sheriff of his county until a sheriff is appointed or elected and qualified; and when the sheriff for any cause is committed to the jail of his county, the coroner shall be keeper of such jail during the time the sheriff remains a prisoner.
Source: G.L. 508. G.S. 612. R.S. 08: 1297. C.L. 8772. CSA: C. 45, 119. CRS 53: 35-6-4. C.R.S. 1963: 35-6-4.
Cross references: For powers and duties of coroner when acting as sheriff, see 30-10-518; for substitute officers having same powers and compensation, see 30-10-106.
A coroner can exercise the powers of the sheriff only in the cases specified in this and the service of process by him, except in such cases, is void. Tate v. People ex rel. Dewees, 6 Colo. App. 202, 40 P. 471 (1895).