Texas Attorney General Opinion: O-6491 Page: 3 of 6
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'Where . . . the oftler exeretsee important
public duties a d has deleted to haa some of the
ftaetionu of govrmeon ad hi1 office is tor a
fx4 term sad the powers, duties sad emolumenats
become vest*&e4 a susaesoor wea the offoee be-
come vacat, sacuh e offttal iay properly be
alled a Ublie oftfleer ietb hie v. Uidelphi ,
225 Ia. 26 L.LA. Ci. S.) 289, 74 Atl. 40.
$Lie tatio mst sot be mlre elerual. or
thes only of as agent or servant, it must be per-
fotermed in the eenutica or sduaisstratio of the
law, In the exeroLse of power sad authority be-
stowed by the ev.' Atty. o*n. v. Tilliaghast,
20 Mass. 539, 540, 89 1.3. 1060, 17 At. Cas. 449.
UThe most general distiction of a public of-
ties is that it embraces the performaoe by the
tensbeat of a publfe tunetion delegated to him
as a prt of the sovereignty of the state.* State
x rol. Atty. Geam v. Jeanings, Ohio St. 415,
63 Am. St. op. T, 49 1. 3. 404.
Rerygj ofice under the Constttutioa implies'
a authority to exerole some portion of the
sovereign pover of tbe state, either in making,
executgal or lLAdalaterin tn law.' Olustead v.
Nw Tor kp 10 Jone . 6 1I.
Practioally all of the authorities, however ,
hold that to an otff Se are granted son of the
sovereig povwers of te governSn, to be exere
oleed for the benefit of tb public. Thy hold,
alo. quite generally thRt sa ot ieer's dutiee must
be preserid by law, ead su t be er adl
aIe *,sjme as Assistat A;tornis 0eaeral,
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Texas. Attorney-General's Office. Texas Attorney General Opinion: O-6491, text, 1945; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth263769/m1/3/: accessed December 13, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.