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Lockwood v. Jordan

Supreme Court of Arizona

May 7, 1951

LOCKWOOD, Post Auditor,
v.
JORDAN, State Auditor

Alternative writ of mandamus made permanent.

Edward Jacobson, of Phoenix, for petitioner.

John C. Hughes, Richard H. Elliott, of Phoenix, for respondent.

Phelps, Justice. Udall, C. J., and Stanford, De Concini and La Prade, JJ., concur.

OPINION

Phelps, Justice.

Page 429

[72 Ariz. 79] This is an original proceeding in mandamus brought by petitioner Kenneth D. Lockwood, Post Auditor, against Jewel W. Jordan, State Auditor, respondent, to compel her to issue to him a warrant in payment of his salary as post auditor of the state of Arizona from March 16 to March 31, 1951.

The action is based upon the provisions of House Bill 74, Chapter 28, Session Laws of the 19th Legislature of the state of Arizona, First Special Session.

The Act creates the office of post auditor, prescribes his qualifications, duties, the manner of his appointment, term of office, his salary, and makes appropriation for the expenses of administration of the office including necessary salaries. The bill was approved by the Governor March 18, 1950.

Section 5 of the Act providing for the appointment of post auditor reads as follows: "The post auditor shall be appointed by the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives with the advice and consent of a majority of the senate and of the house of representatives. In the event of a vacancy in the office of post auditor while the legislature is not in session, or if in session fails to act, such vacancy shall be filled by a person named by a majority vote of the following: the Governor, the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives. Such appointment to be confirmed at the next subsequent regular or special session of the legislature by the majority vote of the senate and of the house of representatives."

Section 6 provides that: "The term of office to which the first post auditor is appointed

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shall commence on the first day of July, 1950, and shall expire on the 30th day of June, 1955, and therefore the term shall be for four (4) years." Salary was fixed at the sum of $ 7,200 per annum.

[72 Ariz. 80] On October 1, 1950, the post auditor was appointed by the Governor, the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives under the provisions of section 5 above quoted.

Thereafter on the second Monday in January, 1951, the first regular session of the 20th Legislature convened and adjourned March 18, 1951. During such session petitioner's name was not ...


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